Lydia Williams, born to Mazbieker or Mozambican slave parents, was 14 years old when slaves were emancipated. She and her parents were owned by Mr Colebrooke, a trader in African slaves. After the completion of her compulsory post emancipation apprenticeship she settled down to build a life dedicated to the healing of former slaves. Lydia moved into a rented cottage on the Anglican Church estate at Zonnebloem in District Six. She died at the age of 90 at her small home and prayer centre, which like everything else in District Six was later demolished.

“Ek klim innie hoek, geblinddoek

Ek klim innie grond, aardkind – stom van verlange vir myself

Ek klim innie wind, onskuld en vasberaad

Hoeveel moet ek betaal vir jou skaam hier in my liggaam

Krotoa en Williams vaal en krom bene fluister in ‘n maan-aand aan jou mure

Krotoa en Williams twis en betrap – in so ‘n tong is geheime verklap …”

GPS coordinates: 33.9298° S, 18.4332° E (District Six)