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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, Lord Attenborough, 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 winter .


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.


We have just completed a year of celebrations to mark the Centenary of Trevor Huddleston’s birth (1913-2014) with events in South Africa and the UK.   We are grateful to so many people who assisted us in marking the legacy of Bishop Trevor across the globe.  Here we list those whose support was critical in making the year a success:

The Community of the Resurrection, Yorkshire.

Hugh Masekela

Pinise Saul

Lucky Ranku

Former Deputy President, the Hon Kgalema Motlanthe

Action for Southern Africa, especially Tony Dykes, Mark Beacon and Cristabel Gurney

BP – for sponsorship

SAA – for support

Douglas Board – for support and sponsorship

St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, the Vicar and Rev Richard Carter;  Andrew Earis.

St James’s Church Piccadilly, the Rector, Churchwardens and David McCleery

The ASHA Centre, Gloucestershire

And friends and donors too numerous to mention individually – you are treasured!