In 1994, the District Six Museum in Cape Town came into being. It serves as a remembrance of the events of the apartheid era in South Africa, as well as the culture and history of the area before the forced removals of its residents in the 1960s. The ground floor of the museum is covered by a large street map of District Six, with handwritten notes from former residents indicating where their homes had been. Other features of the museum include old street signs, displays of the histories and lives of District Six families, and historical explanations of the life of the area and its destruction. In addition to its function as a museum, it serves as a memorial to a decimated community and a meeting place and community centre for Cape Town residents, who identify with its history. It also represents the triumph of civil society in segregated cities, serving as a symbol of reconciliation. Today, former residents and their descendants are rebuilding their memories and cultural heritage once again in this area.
Source: Webber Ndoro, Leveraging culture for peaceful, tolerant and socially-inclusive cities