Almost thirty years ago, genealogist Aubrey Springveldt started investigating his own family tree. His research led him on a pilgrimage into the earliest days of the Cape, and an ancestry shaped by slavery.
Join him on that pilgrimage by visiting some of the landmarks connected to slavery in Cape Town. Landmarks like the Place of Justice, where slaves were brutally punished, and the Prestwich Memorial, where they were buried in unmarked graves. Along the way, Aubrey peels back the layers of his own past, and talks about his work in reclaiming the past for others.
This is one of two tours, which come together to create a circular tour which deeply investigates the history of slavery in the Cape. You can do one or both tours, and they can be done in any order. The other tour is called 'Slavery in the Cape: Embracing' and you can find it by clicking on Aubrey's profile.
Slave Lodge, Groote Kerk, Company's Garden, Slave Memorial, Trafalgar Place, Koopman's-de Wet House, Prestwich Memorial
The walk begins at the Slave Lodge, on the corner of Adderley and Wale Streets. It is a short walk from Cape Town Station and accessible from the Groote Kerk MyCiti stop on bus lines 106 and 107.
Places to stop along the way:
Slave Lodge, Company's Garden Restaurant, Bread, Milk and Honey, District Six Museum, Castle, Trafalgar Place, Koopman's-de Wet House, Truth Coffee
Best time to walk:
The Slave Lodge is open from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday, and it's an excellent place to cement your understanding of this route's story. A number of the other points of interest are only accessible at similar times, and if you'd like to visit them along the way, give yourself an hour or two to complete this walk.
As with any large city, stay alert and keep an eye on your belongings.
Allow at least an hour for this walk, as there are lots of stops along the way.
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