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The Apartheid Museum

Tuesday, June 9, 2009




Today we went to the Apartheid museum. With a feeling similar to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., this museum takes you into the freedom struggle, the grip of the National Party’s Apartheid, and the happy days of liberation. This museum was extremely powerful. The entrance of the museum has to entry ways; one is designated for “whites” and one is designated for “non-whites.” After merging the two sections, the museum goes on to chronologically depict the freedom struggle and the intensity of the Apartheid. My favorite part was the ending. When leaving the museum, the exit path goes in between two piles of stones. On your left, there is a much larger pile with a huge African flag behind it. On the right, there is a smaller pile. As each person leaves the museum, they are to move a stone from the right to the left to signify the change and that they have been informed. Very powerful. Overall, the day was great and very moving.

4 comments:

Will Gharis said...

Fascinating! I know this was a very moving experience.

Kara Durbin said...

Wow! You are getting so many amazing experiences and such an education!

Cathy said...

I would have LOVED to have seen this!

angelaastro said...

So when you were at the Othandweni Centre how many kids did you want to put in your suitcase and bring home??? I bet they will never forget you.

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 12 days
When June 2nd - 13th, 2009
Focus Wildlife Research/Conservation
Political History
Culture