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In Ouidah, Benin, a man walks past a statue of Francisco Félix de Souza, a major slave merchant who worked in the 18th and 19th centuries in what is now Benin and is considered the father of the city. The statue is covered with lights.

An African country reckons with its history of selling slaves

By News & Current Affairs

Benin was a hub of the slave trade. But many people want to forget their families’ role. By Kevin Sieff, Washington Post — OUIDAH, Benin — Less than a mile from what was once West Africa’s biggest slave port, the departure point for more than a million people in chains, stands a statue of Francisco Félix de Souza, a man regarded as the father of this city. There’s a museum…

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