Photo by Heiner Heine/age fotostock
District Six Museum
District Six was originally a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers and immigrants. Removals and marginalization began early last century, and in 1966 it was declared a white area. By 1982 more than 60,000 people were forcibly removed to a barren area aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers. Agreement still has to be reached about what to do with the land that was District Six, in a way that will compensate those who were forcibly removed. The District Six Museum, established in 1994, works with the memories of the area – through photographs, traffic signs, videos – and with those of forced removals in general. A large map of the district covers the floor with former residents’ handwritten notes of where they once lived.
By Ted Botha
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25A Albertus St & Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
+27 21 466 7200
Mon - Sat 9am - 4pm