"Slave Lodge" Cape Town Things to Do Tip by myriam_c

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  The Slave Code
by myriam_c

Slave Lodge, the second oldest colonial building in Cape Town, is where originally the VOC slaves were housed in the 17th-18th century. It has become a cultural history museum since 1966 where various exhibitions take place.
The exhibition that was on in Slave Lodge during our stay in Cape Town, "Domestic life under the VOC", contrasts life at the Cape with that in Batavia during the 17th and 18th century, when the Dutch VOC (East India Company) was at its most powerful. A nice collection of rich furniture, china, glassware and pieces of art.

Here also a reference to slavery during that period, with a large print-out of "The Slave Code" from 1754 on the wall:
-All slaves were to go barefoot and carry passes
-No slave was permitted to carry alcohol or a gun
-Any slave who insulted a free man would be chained and whipped
-Any slave who raised a hand against a master would be put to death without mercy
-Slaves might be beaten for stopping in the street to talk to each other for meeting in groups on public holidays, during church services or in taverns
-After dark slaves were to carry a lantern
-No singing or whistling was permitted at night.

Address: Corner Adderley Street / Bureau Street

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  • Updated May 21, 2004
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