Retitled: Slavery and Freedom

Blettermanhuis, Stellenbosch (2019)

Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman became the landdrost of Stellenbosch in 1785, the last magistrate to be appointed by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) at Stellenbosch (1785-1795). He resigned in protest over the first British occupation (1795-1803) of the Cape. His residence, today is known as Blettermanhuis, is part of the Stellenbosch Museum.

Bletterman himself owned at least fifteen slaves, some of them children, as evidenced in the ledger that he and his wife kept.

This exhibition was to provide an insight into the lives of the enslaved who worked in the house but whose voices had been silenced. The names of the enslaved have been listed on one of the walls in the annexe.

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Retitled: Slavery and Freedom

Blettermanhuis, Stellenbosch (2019) Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman became the landdrost of Stellenbosch in 1785, the last magistrate to be appointed by