The Reseach and Oral History Project

A substantial collection of Sobukwe’s letters, documents and artifacts have been donated by the Sobukwe family to the Sobukwe Trust. This collection is the foundation of the Sobukwe Museum’s archive.

In addition, the Trust, with the support of the Wits History Workshop, has initiated on a long-term project that will gather life history interviews and related archival material. Those interviewed include people who knew Sobukwe, members of liberation movements and people living in the townships of Graaff-Reinet. Archival material is also gathered to support and supplement the oral material.

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The research aims to place Sobukwe in his historical context, explore his influence and expose neglected narratives of dispossession, resistance and community activism in the 20th century.

The material gathered will be used to create the Sobukwe Museum exhibitions and publications and will be housed in the museum archive. It will be available to the public for research and education purposes.