About District Six

District Six, named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867, was a lively, multicultural district made up of artisans, freed slaves, merchants and labourers. However, following the Group Areas Act of 1950, District Six was declared a white area in 1960 and the government forcibly removed 60,000 of its inhabitants to make way for white settlements.

Despite some attempts to build residential areas in its place, most of the area which made up District Six is now empty, standing as a stark reminder of the savagery of apartheid with only grass fields marking its original place.

Those visiting Cape Town can drive past the original site of District Six on the city’s Red Tour Bus system or visit the nearby District Six Museum.

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