South End, as a suburb, was once a cosmopolitan community. Men, women, children and families lived harmonious lives in the epicentre of cultural diversity. Blacks, whites, coloureds, Indians, Chinese, Jews, Greeks and many more were united in their attitude towards family values, faith and morals, despite the diversity of religion, language and race. This all changed with the Group Areas Act coming into being in the 1950’s. South End was classified as a “whites only area” and everybody of colour was moved to other parts of Port Elizabeth. These removals were often carried out by force. Most of South End was demolished and lives shattered. Today visitors to the South End Museum can come and learn more about the people, families, customs, stories, music and sport of this formerly culturally rich area. South End may not be as well known as District 6 in Cape Town or some of the townships all over South Africa, but the museum is a really interesting piece of this country’s sad history and well worth a visit.
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- Post published:November 3, 2014
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