Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Iziko Museum’s Slave Lodge
Cape Town, South Africa
March 31 - April 30, 2016

View the catalogue for the exhibition

Singing FreedomOn view through April 30 at the Iziko Museum’s Slave Lodge, an exhibition space that was formerly used to house slaves when they came to port in Cape Town, South Africa. Anthony Bogues, the Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and director of the CSSJ, produced and edited the collection with Shana Weinberg, assistant director of the CSSJ, and Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, a graduate fellow for the study of the public history of slavery at the CSSJ and at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. The catalogue includes South African, African American and reggae songs that protested Apartheid and provides select lyrics, images of musicians and laborers, and articles about songs, artists and key individuals working to resist Apartheid. The catalogue includes a long section on reggae music that was preoccupied with liberation as well as music from the American Civil Rights era. It spans the beginning of the 20th century to 1994, when Apartheid ended. Read more about the CSSJ's partnership with the Iziko Museum in developing the exhibition.