Sierra Leone draws Americans seeking slave roots

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By James Knight and Katrina Manson BUNCE ISLAND Sierra Leone (Reuters) — The ivy-clad ruins perched on a strip of mud in the Sierra Leone river hide a dark past, but have become an unlikely symbol of hope for many African Americans seeking slave forbears. As a departure point for thousands of Africans on the… Read more »

Grey’s Anatomy Star Donates to Reconstruction of Historic West African Slave-Trading Castle

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Actor Isaiah Washington has donated $25,000 to the computer reconstruction project of Bunce Island, an 18th century slave-trading castle in the Republic of Sierra Leone. Bunce Island–once the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast of West Africa–exported tens of thousands of African captives to North America, particularly the colonies of South Carolina and… Read more »

“Grey’s Anatomy” Doctor Is In — Battling Malaria

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Isaiah Washington Joins Presidential Effort to Combat Disease that Plagues Kids in Africa “Grey’s Anatomy” star Isaiah Washington was with the White House this week to champion President Bush’s billion-dollar push to beat malaria once and for all. Washington said that in fighting the illness that still kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds,… Read more »