President Barack Obama toured a former slave house on Goree Island, Senegal Thursday as part of his three-day trip to Africa.
Obama was accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughters. The former slave house’s “Door of No Return,” opening onto the Atlantic Ocean, is said to have been the last location for slaves being shipped to North America. The president spent a few moments there alone, per a pool report.
The president said the trip was a reminder that “we have to remain vigilant when it comes to the defense of human rights,” according to the report.
“Obviously, for an African American, an African American president, to be able to visit this site, I think, gives me even greater motivation in terms of human rights around the world,” he added.