Central New York and Ghana, West Africa, share bonds of friendship and reciprocity, as well as the painful legacy of slavery. Through a cultural education program, Syracuse teens travel to Ghana to learn about the country’s rich culture and complex 2,000-year history. In Cape Coast Castle, they step into the dungeons where kidnapped African men, women and children were held—and sometimes died—before being forced onto ships bound for the Americas. A Le Moyne College graduate from Ghana realizes his dream of building a library for children in his hometown. A Syracuse women’s group helps a Ghanaian nonprofit educate girls. Single mothers in Ghana weave baskets and some are later sold in Syracuse. The Syracuse Catholic Diocese sends supplies to doctors battling buruli, a flesh-destroying disease transmitted through standing water, while Ghanaian priests serve in Central New York churches. Syracuse University archeologists excavate sunken transatlantic slave trade ships off the coast of Elmina with the help of local officials and fishermen, who also want to preserve their country’s history.