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HONOURING
SARAH
BAARTMAN
A major project of UCT’s
Naming of Buildings
Committee saw the
renaming of Memorial
Hall to Sarah Baartman
Hall – following extensive
consultation with the UCT
community and Khoi and
San leadership by DVC
Professor Loretta Feris.
in the Musée de l’Homme until 1986.
Her remains were finally returned to
South Africa in 2002.
Baartman’s story is a reminder
that she suffered because of her
gender, race and class. Having a
building named after her, especially
Sarah Baartman, a young woman
of 20, was taken to London and
paraded as a freak of nature before
dying in France in 1814 of disease
and homesickness. Her humiliation
did not end there, however. Her body
was dissected and then displayed
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