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Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794

The São José is the first known shipwreck with enslaved Africans on board to be identified, studied and excavated. This exhibition tells the story of the São José’s identification, the innumerable processes it took to retrieve its belongings from the ocean floor, and, most importantly, of its ‘human cargo’ – the people who were violently uprooted from their homes in Mozambique.

Sailing from Mozambique in December 1794 with a cargo of more than 400 enslaved persons, the São José was en route to Brazil when she encountered rough seas near Clifton and tragically wrecked. More than 200 of the enslaved people perished in the violent waves, and the surviving 300 were sold into slavery in Cape Town.

Objects from the wreck site of this transatlantic slave voyage have been diligently excavated, conserved and prepared. The artefacts – never before seen in South Africa – form the central element of the exhibition, and a large interactive experience of the wreck site, created by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), is also on display.

Once forgotten as a footnote to history for almost two centuries, the stories of those enslaved onboard are today represented by the collaborative work of researchers and scholars from Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, Europe and the United States. Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794 will become a permanent fixture at the Iziko Slave Lodge, with regular updates envisaged as the project progresses.

Credit: The Slave Wrecks Project.

The below panels feature in the physical exhibition:

Status:
Now Showing
Exhibition Type:
Permanent
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Dear Visitors,

Please be advised that Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours have been adjusted for weekends.

Winter Weekend Hours:

Saturdays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Slave Lodge, South African Museum and South African National Gallery,

Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Sundays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Iziko South African Museum, South African National Gallery

and Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Thank you,

Iziko Management

Dear Visitor 

 

Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours Update. 

 

Please be advised that the weekend(SAT and SUN) operating hours have been adjusted. 

The museums will open operate from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekends during winter.

 

Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, 

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge. 

 

Sundays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium and Iziko South African National Gallery. 

 

By order 

Iziko Management.