The Apartheid Museum was opened in 2001, it was built for anyone seeking to understand and somewhat experience what apartheid in South Africa felt like. A visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental because it illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.
The museum will give you an experience of the racial segregation that occurred during apartheid when people were separated by their racial appearance and were also classified by the width of their nose, the kinks in hair, skin pigmentation, and size of lips as well as the language they spoke an most ultimately their race.
The entrance has two separate doors with signs just above them. One sign above the left door says; Blankes which when translated from Afrikaans says Whites. The other door on the right says; Nie-Blankes which is translated to Non-Whites.
These entrances depict what used to happen in public areas all across South Africa during apartheid.
There’s also an area inside the museum where ropes used to hang people during the apartheid movement dangle from the top. The death penalty was suspended on 6th of June 1995. A resolution was taken by the Constitutional Court to do away with this punishment.
What’s cool about the Apartheid Museum?
Instead of just reading about the hardship people who were not white went through, you get to somehow experience these conditions as they are exhibited. Even though it’s not the actual experience, it will make you imagine these conditions and you will somehow put yourself in their shoes.
Whether you’re white or non-white, if you’re nonracist you will get sense of what pain other races had to endure as they lived their lives during those times.
This is a short history of apartheid taught in one building.
What does Tholispani.space think about the Apartheid Museum?
We think the Apartheid Museum is very important for those who were not there to comprehend the nature of those who were there. In simple English, we think the museum is important for today’s generation to understand the nature and environment that surrounded the non-white races that lived under Apartheid regime.
We also think that the museum is an important place for young people as it can teach them to realise that life in those days was not as free as they have it today.
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