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Scholar: Katie McMurphy (2019-2021)

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This photo captures a festival celebrating local chiefs in a coastal Ghanaian town. I was on my way to visit Elmina Castle, a slave port built in 1482 by the Portuguese, when we could no longer drive through the small town. We were told there was a celebration of chiefs occurring in the streets and it would be at least an hour before we could get through. My Ghanaian friend and I parked and went out onto the street to watch. In this photo, tradition and modernity merge. The festival honors the history of the area and the importance of the chieftaincy. Some people wear traditional Ghanaian outfits and costumes, while others wear shorts and  t-shirts.


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