The Harry Oppenheimer Gardens is one of the oldest historical sites in Kimberley. Previously known as the Malay Camp, it was a cosmopolitan suburb which was subject to forced removals due to the Group Areas Act.It housed members of a diversity of cultures and ethnic entities from around the world who came to Kimberley to stake a claim in the diamond rush. The Malay Camp expanded to include areas like that of the current post office, the Market Square, the William Humphreys Art Gallery and the Sol Plaatje University (SPU), as well as what used to be the William Pescod Education Institution, a former “coloured only” learning institution.The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Sol Plaatje Municipality and the National Heritage Council organised a Cultural and Heritage March, in the form of a cultural parade, to historic sites in Kimberley which have strong significance regarding heritage.Held on Wednesday (13/09), the parade reflected on historic sites in order for participants who come from from a diverse background to understand where we are today and who we truly are.It was also part of celebrating Heritage Month and the build-up towards the Golden Shield Heritage Awards (Gosha) held on Friday (15/09).The awards are held annually to recognise and honour those who have contributed to the preservation, protection and the promotion of South African heritage.Gosha celebrates excellence specifically in the heritage sector under the theme “Celebrating Cultural and Heritage Champions in the 100 years of Oliver Tambo”.To many, the parade was a reminder not to lose sight of their heritage. It also taught them how the different strands of history have influenced and shaped them to become who they were, and what it meant to be free.Starting at the Oppenheimer Gardens, the parade moved through Eureka Street, into Lennox Street and into De Beers Street.De Beers Street was chosen as a reference to the mining giants that monopolised the diamond mining industry in Kimberley and later the gold industry in the country. From here the parade proceeded towards Phakamile Mabija Road, which used to be divided into Transvaal Road (which became the N12, and used to lead straight to the old Transvaal Republic) and Jones Street (named after William Thomas Jones, who had owned a pub called the Old Clock in Market Square Street).It was renamed to honour the struggle stalwart who had been thrown to his death from the sixth floor of the Special Branch Police Station housed in the same street.The parade also passed by the statue of Frances Baard, who was born in Beaconsfield in 1909 and joined the ANC in 1948 when apartheid was legalised. She was part of the drafting of the Freedom Charter in 1955 and also of the 1956 Women’s March. She was banished, jailed and was penniless and jobless until she died a pauper.The parade ended at the SPU.