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General Purposes

Apartheid Museum

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2007
  • Location Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

Despite the steady dismantling of the apartheid system since 1994, inequalities and disparities persist between whites and blacks, particularly regarding access to wealth and resources. A huge challenge facing South Africa in building a nonracial democracy is dealing with its divided past. Multiyear funding will support the work of the Apartheid Museum in promoting understanding, tolerance and respect for diversity and reconciliation. The museum provides vital information for local and international audiences about the history of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. One of its goals is to show South African youth the disastrous consequences of racism and discrimination and to serve as a reminder to the country to never repeat the past. In addition, funding will support a project documenting the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission process and enable the museum to facilitate information sharing, collaboration and networking among other apartheid-related sites.The museum was established in late 2001 to chronicle the rise and fall of apartheid.