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Slaves and the City




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Recently I read a blog post about Slave Crucifixion in Cape Town – In and around the areas of the city centre, Green Point and Woodstock from 1652 to 1795. 

I’ve always known that Cape Town is a burial ground for slaves. We’re literally breathing-walking-eating on top of thousands of unmarked graves, especially in Green Point where I live now.

However, I didn’t know about the lavishly inhumane punishments that slaves had to endure here. It saddens me that not only was this history hidden for many many years, but there is such shame around Cape Town’s slave past that although many of us are affected by this, it’s still something that’s not openly spoken about.

Please read more about Crusifixion in the Cape on the blog Cape-Slavery-Heritage: http://cape-slavery-heritage.iblog.co.za/2011/04/21/good-friday-contemplation-crucifixion-in-cape-town/

Harriet Powers, a former slave, portrayed Christ's crucifixion on a patch of a quilt, 1895-98 Photo: bridgeman art gallery/museum of fine arts, boston

Harriet Powers, a former slave, portrayed Christ’s crucifixion on a patch of a quilt, 1895-98 Photo: bridgeman art gallery/museum of fine arts, boston