The fond memories of Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong were recalled at disused fort on the Ghanaian coast.
GV Fort Amsterdam (5 shots)
CU Sign Board
SV People entering Fort
GV People sitting in front of painting
CU Pictures of studies of Africans and American Negroes (5 shots) including Louis Armstrong
SV & CU People sitting (3 shots)
SCU Dr. Lee speaking
GV Audience listening
SV Dr. Lee & Nana Ewusie Mensah planting coconut tree in commemoration of Armstrong
SV Man speaking in front of photograph of Louis Armstrong & people listening (2 shots)
SV Drumming & dancing
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Background: The fond memories of Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong were recalled at disused fort on the Ghanaian coast. The ceremony, at Fort Amsterdam Western Ghana, was organised by the newly formed African Descendants Association Foundation. The group is dedicated to improving cultural inter-change between all black men.
The highlight of the ceremony was the planting of a coconut tree in commemoration of "Satchmo" by Foundation President Dr. Robert Edward Lee.
SYNOPSIS: The three-hundred-year-old Fort Amsterdam at Abandze, in Western Ghana was the scene of a memorial tribute to the genius of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. The immortal jazz great visited Ghana twice, first in 1956 and again in 1960. Another service will be performed in Ghana on Sunday, by musicians.
The ceremony was preformed on the Sunday. It was sponsored by the newly-formed African Descendants Association Foundation. Association President Dr. Robert Edward Lee said that Mr. Armstrong was a symbol of the fundamental relationship between his African ancestry and his new social environment in the United States.
The highlight of the service was the planting of a commemorative coconut tree by Dr. Lee and Nana Ewusie Mensah, the Regent of Abandze. The service concluded with performance by members of the Foundation.