Black, White, and Blue in Saint Louis, Senegal
Boy, Old Town, Saint Louis, Senegal (Source: JG-House)

Black, White, and Blue: Saint Louis

When a few minutes before 3:00pm, our driver, Joseph, who had said little since we left Dakar, drove us into Saint Louis on the border with Mauritania, I felt my anxiety rise. The Fulani man, wearing a short-sleeved, button-down dress shirt and black slacks, navigated his Peugeot across the bridge in silence.

The bridge, called Pont Faidherbe, in honor of a French civil servant who almost became mayor…