Slave Church Museum
Slave Church Museum
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,927 contributions
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Nov 2021
Now a museum, at this site the first 'Sendinggestig' was founded during the early 1800s. The mission of the gestig (meeting house) was to spread Christianity among groups outside the European realm. The bible was read together with interested people from among the Khoi, San, freed slaves and enslaved people. The latter only with permission of their owners, who were generally not keen on collaborating, as once coverted enslaved people who were married and had children could not be sold separately anymore! Gradually the 'gestig' developed into a church (1820 first minister appointed).

During the 1970s the church was restored with public funds and turned into a museum. Entry is free of charge.
Written November 30, 2021
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Jill d
Port Elizabeth, South Africa2,551 contributions
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Jul 2018 • Solo
This is the oldest missionary church museum in South Africa, occupying its original site in Long Street. It was built by slave labour and originally served as a meeting place for slaves and where adults and children were schooled to read and write. Bible studies were also conducted. After the congregation was moved during the apartheid years, the building fell into disrepair but in 1970 it gained museum status and was restored,the architects faithfully replicating the original exterior. A section of the northern wall has been left as it was so the original construction can be viewed, but behind glass.
The beautiful oak pews, with the slaves' names inscribed on them, bear mute testimony to the earlier congregants who used to worship and were inspired by the message of hope. Look at the floor in front of the lecturn... the Southern Cross is demarcated there!
There are display panels around the perimeter of the church walls... reading the info here makes you realise what hardship the community suffered.
I found this to be a very worthwhile visit.
Written August 2, 2018
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