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Steve Biko Heritage Centre

  • 1 Zotshie St. Map It
  • King William's Town

Published 05/09/2017

Fodor's Review

The state-of-the-art heritage center, which opened in 2012, is in King William's Town's Ginsberg township, where Steve Biko grew up. It's actually about a 40-minute drive out of East London, but it's well worth a visit for anyone interested in South Africa's "struggle" history, as well as the development of its young democracy. There's a museum, an archive, a library resource center, a commemorative garden honoring human rights activists, performance and production spaces, training rooms, and a community media center. The center is also the focal point for a new heritage trail that consists of various sites that pay tribute to Steve Biko, the South African activist and leading Black Consciousness Movement proponent, who died in police custody in 1977 at the age of 31. Biko has often been held up as one of the greatest martyrs of the anti-apartheid movement. You can organize a tour from East London with Imonti Tours that will also incorporate lunch in the township.

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1 Zotshie St., King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Published 05/09/2017


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