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District Six Museum

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Venue:25a Buitekant Street
Cape Town
Cost:free
Doors Open:09h00
Duration:Guided Tour by appointment only
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Website:www.districtsix.co.za

District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the history of removals and marginalisation had begun.

The first to be 'resettled' were black South Africans, forcibly displaced from the District in 1901. As the more prosperous moved away to the suburbs, the area became the neglected ward of Cape Town.

In 1966, it was declared a white area under the Group areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.

The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of these experiences and with the history of forced removals more generally.

The museum offers a guided tour of the area. It is conducted by an ex resident either as a walking tour or in a vehicle. The site tours MUST be booked in advance. To book a tour please call the Museum on 021 466 7200.

Visitors can also walk into the open space by themselves and get a sense of the magnitude of the destruction that took place. The site has been nominated as a National Heritage Site and is therefore a conservation area and should be treated with sensitivity and respect.