Eight teenagers are setting off for a two-week trip to Ghana to find out what impact the slave trade had on the country.
The visit is part of the Adisa Project, Bristol City Council's response to the 2007 bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade.
The scheme is organised by the city council's museums, galleries and archive services.
The young people are all from Bristol and of African heritage.
Sarwat Siddiqui, project co-ordinator, said: "The work these young people undertake in Ghana will contribute to our better understanding of Bristol's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.
"Their hard work will be on show in the special exhibition Bristol Faces, Afrikan Footsteps, and will help enhance our own collections for display in the new Museum of Bristol when it opens in 2009."
The party will leave for Africa over the weekend.