Don Lemon's 'Roots'

Updated 10:02 AM ET, Tue October 14, 2014
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CNN's Don Lemon is overcome with emotion after passing through Ghana's Door of No Return. This was the last place natives walked on their homeland before boarding slave ships bound for America. CNN
Lemon and his mother, Katherine, share a hug with historian Essel Blankson, who had just welcomed them to Africa. They then entered the slave fort at Cape Coast Castle, reversing the path that thousands of Ghanians took on their journey into slavery. CNN
Small fishing boats line Elmina Beach in Cape Coast, Ghana. Two centuries ago, slave ships lined this same beach as they prepared for a long journey across the Atlantic. CNN
While visiting Elmina Beach, Lemon noticed an elderly fisherman painting his boat. He jumped in to help. CNN
Fishing is the livelihood for many people in Cape Coast. Each morning, hundreds of residents meet at the fishing port to begin a long day at sea. CNN
Before leaving Ghana, Lemon takes a quick look over the colorful fishing port. CNN
Lemon and his mom visit a former slave cabin at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Louisiana. Lemon's ancestors arrived in Louisiana as slaves in the early 1800s. CNN
Lemon's mother joined him on every step of his journey as they filled the gaps in his family tree. CNN