Established in December 1994, The District Six Museum is dedicated to ensuring that the history and memory of forced removals in South Africa is kept alive. District Six, originally established in 1867 as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants was a vibrant centre with close links to the city of Cape Town.
In 1965 the apartheid government declared District Six a “whites only” area and more than 60 000 people were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to the barren Cape Flats. All the houses in District Six were bulldozed, and the area remains vacant to this day. The permanent display at the museum, Digging Deeper, is a multi-media and interdisciplinary installation, combining simple direct techniques with documentary, digital and sound elements, to portray the history of District Six and its residents.