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This Historical South African Museum is Fighting to Change the Apartheid-Era Name of its Neighborhood

The District Six Museum is campaigning for the residential area of Zonnebloem to be renamed back to District Six.

District Six was an area in South Africa's Western Cape province during Apartheid. In 1966, Black people were forcibly removed from there and the then Whites-only area renamed to Zonnebloem.

The District Six Museum, which continues to document the lives and lived experiences of those who were removed, has restarted their campaign for the Cape Town suburb of Zonnebloem to be rightfully renamed back to District Six, according to IOL.


During Apartheid, South Africa had laws which dictated where Black people were not allowed to live—usually anywhere where White people lived. Every so often, however, White people decided that they wanted to live where Black people lived and so they simply had the government uproot Black people from their homes and move them elsewhere. These forced removals happened all over the country.

Bonita Bennett, the director of the museum, spoke about the campaign saying, "This campaign started a few years ago. We first discussed the heritage of District Six and then there were other elements that we considered, and we decided to start the campaign again."

Over the decades, District Six became the subject of many theatrical productions and songs. The late South African jazz veteran, Hugh Masekela, released the song "District Six" which was released back in 2007.

Listen to it below:

District Six www.youtube.com

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