(WASHINGTON POST) DAKAR, Senegal — It was a brief moment, but a symbolically powerful one.

President Obama stepped alone into the frame of the Door of No Return on Senegal’s Goree Island on Thursday afternoon, taking a look at the Atlantic Ocean from the same views that African slaves once did on their way to North America.

The United States’ first African American president was then joined by his wife, first lady Michelle Obama. Their daughters, Malia and Sasha, also took a turn. And the president returned for another brief glimpse before turning to continue his tour of the island, according to an account provided by reporters at the scene.

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