Iziko Slave Lodge

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Place Category: Routes, Jewish City Walking Route, Woman's Walk and Talk, Themes, Arts, Crafts and Antiques, and MuseumsPlace Tags: jewish interest, Museum, and slavery

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    Between 1679 and 1811, this windowless building was filled to the brim with slaves – many of them women. The ‘lodge’ was also used as a prison, mental asylum and unofficial brothel. It is said that in those days ‘women in the Cape were few, but slaves were plenty.’ It is now an Iziko Museum and amongst the displays is an exhibition on the story of tshwetshwe – a fabric that is synonymous with traditional black women’s fashion.

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