Residents of Johannesburg will enjoy free entry to all museums in the city on Tuesday, as part of Human Rights Day commemorations, the city said

“Our museums not only serve as a reminder of our painful and unjust past of oppression and racism, but are also there to incite in each of us a renewed commitment to ensuring everyone’s human rights are protected,” the city said.

“On this Human Rights Day, let us remember those who fought and gave their lives for our freedom, and actively reflect on ways that we can honour their sacrifice in our daily lives. Friends and family can enjoy the historic and aesthetic offerings of our museums during this and every other public holiday.”

Sharpeville massacre

The museums open for free entry are:

  • Transport Museum
  • Roodepoort Museum
  • Museum Africa
  • Geology Museum
  • Bernberg Museum of Fashion
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum
  • Kliptown Open Air Museum
  • Bensusan Museum of Photography
  • June 16 Interpretation Centre Museum
  • Credo Mutwa Cultural Village

The commemoration of Human Rights Day originates from the tragic Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960, when 69 people were killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest march.

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The national commemorations will be lead by President Jacob Zuma in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape.

Author: ANA Newswire