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District 6

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

I’ve had an overwhelming amount of photos to sort through…and what do I do when I’m overwhelmed? Nothing. Hence the lack of posts. I’m sorry. Still love you though.

So I went on a half day tour of several exhibits and museums in Cape Town. There is so much to see here it’s shocking. Everything and every place has a story, I can’t do any of it justice here I’m sure.

One of the places that struck me most was the District 6 Museum. District 6 is the name of a former area in Cape Town where over 60,000 of its inhabitants where forcefully removed from their homes.

Before the area was declared a White’s Only neighbourhood in 1966, District 6 was home to a medley of people. This of course was problematic to the apartheid regime, as such all those classified as “non-white” were removed by force and relocated to Cape Flats, 25km away, their homes and spirits bulldozed.

                       

The museum serves as a reminder not only of the horror of the mass removal of thousands from their homes, but as a celebration of what District 6 was before and the spirit of those who once called it home.

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