St George’s Cathedral

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Place Category: Cape Town City Heritage Walk

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    Known as the “People’s Cathedral” for its role in the resistance against apartheid, St. George’s Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Southern Africa and the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town. The steps of St Georges Cathedral were often the site of protests during the Apartheid era.

    A plaque commemorates the peaceful protest march, in contrast to the confrontation that is commemorated at the next stop – The Purple Shall Govern.

    On 13 September 1989 a march, led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, then Mayor Gordon Oliver and leaders from all sectors, began from this Cathedral, which united more than 30 000 citizens of
    Cape Town in a demonstration of their commitment to peace and justice for all.
    They walked to the City Hall in a common spirit of hope and determination for the future.

    Unveiled by the Mayor of Cape Town,
    Alderman Dan Plato
    13 September 2009

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