It was a somber second day in Africa for first lady Melania Trump as she toured a castle in Ghana that was once used for trading slaves.
Before she entered the castle, she was granted permission from the chief of the region in an elaborate ceremony, which included the exchange of kente cloths.
"She's very friendly, easy-going and interactive", said Rabiu Fauziya, a 28-year-old paediatric nurse who helped show Trump the neonatal room in the hospital. "I will never forget the incredible experience and the stories that I heard".
US First Lady Melania Trump visited a hospital in Ghana's capital Accra on the first day of her Africa tour.
The Cape Coast Castle is where Africans were kept naked and chained as they were held before being placed on the ships.
The 17th century Cape Coast castle, now a monument, has attracted world dignitaries including America's first black President Barack Obama and his family, who also shared their emotions at the site.
"The dungeons. what happened so many years ago".
"It's very emotional", she said. Trump laid a wreath of white flowers in memory. She also signed a guestbook, telling reporters she inscribed an appreciation for the "warm welcome" she has received.
In Africa, interest in Melania Trump's visit is being watched to see if she can mend fences after her husband's reported comment that the continent contained "shithole" countries.
The first lady spent a few minutes meeting privately with her guide, Kwesi Essel-Blankson, and getting an introductory history of the castle before they emerged into an open area in 80-degree heat and humidity. A large banner with Trump's picture and the words "Awkwaaba (Welcome) to Cape Coast H.E Melania Trump" hung from a balcony on one of the buildings.
Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama in 2009 on a visit to Ghana also visited the castle. The couple have denied speculation that their marriage is in trouble (Picture: Getty) Mrs Trump has spent long periods out of the spotlight, after claims of her husband's 2006 fling with porn star Stormy Daniels reemerged earlier this year (Picture: Reuters) Melania broke with tradition by traveling to her husband's State of the Union address alone in January.
Trump, wearing an olive-green shirt and brown trousers, with her ubiquitous five-inch high heels, asked the girl her name and said she was "beautiful", bending down to give her a hug.