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In France's Wine Capital, Man on a Mission to Confront City's Darker Past

Ships ply the wide sweep of the Garonne River, bringing tourists and wine connoisseurs to this iconic city whose skyline glitters in the morning sun. But Karfa Diallo, gazing out at the water, remembers a much grimmer commercial past. For more than 150 years, Bordeaux was France's second-largest slave-trading hub after the city of Nantes, dispatching ships that transported some 130,000 slaves from Africa to the Americas. They returned laden with coffee, cacao, spices and tobacco,...

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