Juffureh the home of Kunte Kinte:

This village became famous because of Alex Haley, who wrote the fictional book 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family', which was first published in 1976; according to Alex, Kunta Kinte, of the Mandinka tribe, was an African originating from the Gambian village of Juffereh, who was sold into slavery in a town which sounded like 'Naplis', apparently Annapolis, Maryland, America.

Kunte Kinte - According to Alex Haley:

Kunta Kinte was captured and stowed on the 'Lord Ligonier', a slave ship, on the 5th July 1767, with another 139 captured Gambians, for the voyage to America; he arrived in Annapolis, Maryland on the 29th September 1767, with only 97 other survivors; 41 of the slaves died en route.

According to an advertisement in the Maryland Gazette, Kunta Kinte was sold into slavery on the 7th October 1767; he would have been purchased at the ship, or in one of the local inns or resturants and then taken, as a slave, to a Virginian farm.

Kinte's arrival in Annapolis is symbolic of the slave trade era, when millions of African men, woman and children were captured and sent to the New World; they had to endure the horrors of the so called 'Middle Passage', while crossing the Atlantic, the slaves were packed tightly into the holds of ships for months on end and many died en route.

William Wilberforce

Juffureh is a fishing village of thatched mud-brick huts, just a short distance inland from the banks of the River Gambia, it lies about 30 kilometers inland, southeast of Banjul, on the north bank of the River Gambia in the North Bank Division and served as the main trans-shipping post from the mainland to James Island; it is home to a museum and Fort Jillifree and a family claiming to be the descendants of Kunta Kinte still reside there.

The following photos are monumental to slavery in Juffureh: NB. To gain a better full size view of the photos, position the Film Strip photos at the top of your screen and then move the cursor over each photo to see a larger photo.

Juffureh also has its own small nursery school called the 'Roots Nursery School'.

You can easily visit Juffureh by going on a Roots excursion or by simply catching the ferry across to Barra and then hiring a taxi from there; each year there is an International Roots Festival, which commemorates the enforced enslavement and transportation of millions of Africans to the Americas and the Caribbean Islands.

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