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Housed in an old church, the District Six Museum in Cape Town visually guides visitors through the early days of a resilient and cheerful area called District Six in the first half of the 20th century, to the forced removal of over 60000 people in the 1970s.
District Six is located east of Buitenkant Street, the Dutch word Buitenkant implying outside of town. In 1901, the area was considered a bubonic plague threat and the Black residents were all moved across town. Over the years it was redeveloped and although economically depressed, the Black, Indian and mixed race residents regarded it as their home. Then, between 1968 and 1983, and under the guise of a Group Areas Act, the apartheid government dismantled the buildings and shipped people out of the area into far flung suburbs. The purpose was to provide space for white families and the suburb name was changed from District Six to Zonnebloem. Strangely... Show more