Type: Museum, History
Time needed: 1 Hour(s) to 3 Hour(s)
Once a vibrant and buzzing community, home to a variety of cultures and backgrounds including freed slaves, artisans and labourers, District Six provides a poignant example of the devastation caused by the forced removals and racial discrimination of the apartheid government. Deriving its name from the Sixth Municipal District in Cape Town, District Six was declared a white area in 1966 under the Group Area Act of 1950. This declaration ultimately meant that over a period of 16 years, from 1966 to 1982, some 60 000 people were forcibly removed from their family homes and communities only to be placed in the barren, neglected area known as the Cape Flats. Once removed, their homes were flattened by bulldozers and their lives were changed forever. The District Six Museum was established in 1994 and stands as a reminder of these devastating removals - including the history, stories and experiences of the scores of people involved.