Exhibition to relive Bram’s legacy

2019-12-11 06:01
Advocate Bram Fischer

Advocate Bram Fischer

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The life of anti-apartheid activist and Afrikaner revolutionary Bram Louis Fischer will be relived in the National Museum in Bloemfontein opening a new permanent exhibition.

Upholding Fischer’s legacy the exhibition will officially open on Friday (13/12).

The exhibition is in the museum’s history hall where visitors can relive iconic moments from the past decade about the life of Fischer, born and bred in Bloemfontein.

A respected freedom fighter, Bram was born on 23 April 1908 and died on 8 May 1975 in the Free State’s capital city.

Derek du Bruyn, Principal Museum Scientist: History Department, said Ruth Rice, Bram’s eldest daughter has been invited to officially open the historic exhibition. He said the exhibition depicts Bram’s life story by means of photographs, audio-visual material and text in three languages. “The exhibition showcases a collection of valuable and interesting items which belonged to Bram and members of the Fischer family. A toy chameleon that was given to Bram by one of the rebels who was interned in Bloemfontein during the Rebellion of 1914 forms part of this collection,” said Du Bruyn.

He was one of the respected attorneys of his generation and became an advocate. Fischer was a South African lawyer of Afrikaner descent, notable for anti-apartheid activism and for the legal defence of the anti-apartheid team at the Rivonia Trial of 1963 – 1964, including Nelson Mandela.

The airport and the Mangaung Metro Municipality’s administration headquarters in Bloemfontein were renamed in Bram’s honour.

The airport was formerly named J.B.M. Hertzog Airport, a South African politician and soldier.

He was a Boer general during the Anglo-Boer War and he later became Prime Minister of the Union of SA from 1924 to 1939.


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