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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we visit the ruins of a slave castle off the coast of Sierra Leone to tell the story of Thomalind Polite, an American woman who learned that she was descended from a girl who was taken as a slave 250 years ago, at the age of 10.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

Lakehurst (Atlas Obscura User)