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THMC is based in Sophiatown and works as a catalyst for young people to learn, take action and achieve their goals for life, while linking to and serving, the wider community. Our mission is inspired by the work of Father Trevor Huddleston who stood against discrimination, and provided educational opportunities for thousands of South Africans, throughout his life.

Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, Corner of Good & Herman Streets, Sophiatown, Johannesburg . Post: PO Box 468, Westhoven 2142.  

Email: thmcentre@mweb.co.za   Tel: +27 (0) 11 673 1271   Fax: +27 (0) 11 252 7976


Registered section 21 not-for-profit association no 2000/006377/08

The Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre. NPO no 020 393

             Patrons: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Ambassador Abdul Minty, Rev Mpho Tutu

Hon Sophie du Bruyn MP, Emeritus Archbishop Khotso Makhulu




Sophiatown Life is a website dedicated to the cultural and heritage work of THMC and others working in this area, promoting social cohesion and paying tribute to those in whose footsteps we walk in a democratic South Africa. Click here to go to Sophiatown Life web site.


In celebration of the rich culture of Sophiatown,  you can experience live ‘Jazz Encounters’, literary events, heritage programmes and a youth theatre company, through a monthly calendar of events at the Centre, hosted in the original 1930’s house of Dr A B Xuma – one building of four which survived Sophiatown’s destruction.


What’s happening in Sophiatown?


We also partner with the Fietas Museum, recording the history of Pageview/Vrededorp/Fietas communities – their removal, resistance and revival.


About Sophiatown


Sophiatown was a freehold suburb from its first days and emerged as a mixed residential community from around 1913.  Thirty years later, when Father Trevor Huddleston arrived to lead the mission work of the British monastic order, the Community of the Resurrection, it was a bustling multi-cultural hotbed of humanity.  Two cinemas, many dance halls and shebeens, restaurants, churches, shops, schools and the infamous swimming pool – it was the centre of urban black Johannesburg along with its neighbours in Newclare, Albertsville, and Western Township.  Teetering on the edge of the city, it was alive with possibility and known for its musicians, artists, writers as well as its gangsters.  Faced with destruction by the apartheid government policies on land and ‘natives’, Sophiatown’s people were systematically removed by force between 1955 and 1962.  Her street names remained but almost every building was torn down and replaced with housing for ‘white people’ and called Triomf.  In 2006 Sophiatown was officially re-named.


The loss of those times is remembered through exhibitions, events and community building work based at the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre (SHCC).



Click here to visit: www.sophiatown.net  for more information on what’s coming up this Summer.


New developments in Sophiatown today

Motswako Enterprise and Cultural Hub - a new state of the art environmentally sustainable building in Sophiatown to house cultural events, training and an enterprise incubator for youth businesses is in development.

Exhibition


‘UPROOTED – THE PEOPLE OF SOPHIATOWN’


Exhibition opening @ 11am 1 November 2014 until 15th November 2014 (by Cornell Tukiri)


Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre is proud to be hosting this new exhibition, which contributes to the oral history and archive of SHCC, about the experiences of people removed from Sophiatown between 1955 and 1962.

1 nov 2014 Exhibition


George Lee Kim (79) lived with his family on the border of Sophiatown, on Main Road. He remembers living in Sophiatown when ‘all types of people’ lived there. His parents owned a shop where he sometimes slept out the back. He, as with many other Chinese people at the time, was classed as ‘Non-White’ and had to have a pass to be able to move beyond where he resided. Picture: CORNELL TUKIRI ©


Consisting of portraits and video interviews of 12 people who were removed, the exhibition highlights the importance of place, land, memory, identity and upheaval.


 Cornell Tukiri, who created the work, said ‘Ultimately I was seeking to promote reflections from this work – what people felt at the time, what they feel now. Sophiatown was such a multicultural and bustling hub where those ‘different’ from each other were moved to the ‘corners’ of Johannesburg for being ‘non-white’ and living ‘together’.   How did that affect their identity and their sense of loss?’


The exhibition will open from 11am on Saturday 1st of November 2014 until 15th November 2014 at the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre, which is one of the few remaining buildings left from the removals and destruction of Sophiatown.

Current residents are particularly invited to come and meet some of those that resided there before it became Triomf, and learn more about the history of the area.


Entrance to this exhibition is free. Opening times are Monday-Friday 09h30-14h00 or by arrangement. Saturdays 09h00-13h00.


This project is part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 which is a partnership between the Department of Arts & Culture and the British Council. A part of the Joburg Umbrella in association with the Market Photo Workshop and British Council Connect ZA.


For more information: Rinkie 083 550 7130/011 673 1271 Or

e: info@sophiatown.net


George Lee Kim (79) lived with his family on the border of Sophiatown, on Main Road. He remembers living in Sophiatown when ‘all types of people’ lived there. His parents owned a shop where he sometimes slept out the back. He, as with many other Chinese people at the time, was classed as ‘Non-White’ and had to have a pass to be able to move beyond where he resided. Picture: CORNELL TUKIRI ©