Red Location museum of Port Elizabeth as seen from outside 1
A museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa about the red location — one of its oldest townships, created at the end of the Anglo-Boer war with the forceful relocation of non whites to the area during a Bubonic outbreak.
Its name comes from the corrugated iron shacks that were common in the area, often in a rusted-red colour and built with material from a Boer concentration camp in Uitenhage.
Many of the anti apartheid leaders were either born or lived in the area — known for harbouring the defiance campaign of 1952, as well as the first branch of Umkhonto we Sizwe or 'the spear of the nation'.
The museum is housed in an award winning structure, built in 2005 using concrete and corrugated iron, with an interior inspired by the work of German professor Andreas Huysen on memory and history — creating an experience for visitors instead of the conventional showcasing seen in other museums.
Among the exhibits are 12 iron boxes each 6 x 6 x 12m high, — inspired by those used by migrant workers in the area to keep their possessions while away from their families, each imparting different memories through objects and displays about their lives and struggles against apartheid.
There also are a number of works from artists that were either born or lived in the area, police files of those murdered, and a display to commemorate 15 struggle heroes including Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba — each mounted on its own column.
What to do thereExplore the museum, see and know more Port Elizabeth's history and struggle against apartheid.
May need to call beforehand as it was last reported as closed.
Best time to visitAny time of the year.
Location of Red Location museumIn the township of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth — just across the railway line from the CBD.
How to get thereBy bus, vehicle boat, train or walking and cycling — if from within Port Elizabeth.
There is a train and bus station nearby, as well as a sea and airport within the same city.
References1. By Joziboy at the English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30833281