Denis Hurley: The Guardian of the Light

Archbishop Denis Hurley at an anti-apartheid protest march with leaders of other faiths

Archbishop Denis Hurley at an anti-apartheid protest march with leaders of other faiths

For those of you interested in learning more about the church’s role in Apartheid South Africa, the exhibition, Denis Hurley: The Guardian of the Light, will provide valuable information about the events of that period, and specifically the part that Denis Hurley, acting as the Archbishop of Durban, played. Often in opposition to the church, which was sometimes more inclined to tow the line, Hurley was a vocal opponent to the injustices of the Apartheid government.

The exhibition will be on permanent display in the newly constructed Denis Hurley Centre, which continues the work of Hurley through its service to the community. The installation includes personal effects of the archbishop, creating a wonderful visual story, and allowing the public to gain insight into the great man, and his life of service to the city of Durban, and all of its people.

Denis Hurley: The Guardian of the Light opens at 14h00 next Saturday, the 11th February 2017. Persons interested in attending the opening should request an invitation from Steven Kotze at the Local History Museums: steven.kotze@durban.gov.za.

Image courtesy of Durban Local History Museums

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