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District 6 Museum

District 6 Museum
Area: City Bowl and Surrounds
Suburb: District Six
Additional area info: District Six, Cape Town
Physical Address: 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Postal Address: PO Box 10178, Caledon Square, 7905, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 466 7200
Fax: +27 (0)21 466 7200
GPS: 33° 55´ 41.63" S; 18° 25´ 27.09" E
Web Address: 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.

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