The most poignant symbol of the apartheid regime is the District 6 Museum. District 6 was a vibrant community of Cape Malays, Indians, Blacks and a few Whites. On 11 February 1966, the apartheid regime declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act and by 1982, 60,000 people had been relocated to the Cape Flats township around 15 miles away. Only the churches and mosques remained standing.
A pair of pictures of one street before and after the demolition of the area is as sad as the destruction is absolute. There’s a tower of street names from the district which were given to the museum by the person whose job it was to collect the signs and throw them into the sea. A whites-only bench leaves you in no doubt as to who is allowed to sit on it. The ground floor is covered with a map of District 6. People have written information on the map regarding the names of the families who lived there or what businesses occupied which premises.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734