South End was where most of the Muslim population of Port Elizabeth lived in the apartheid years. Like many Muslim communities during that time, the Muslim community of South End was a very tight knit one. There were two Masaajid in close proximity where the prayers would performed in congregation. These Masaajid can still be visited today with the exterior architecture very much the same as it was almost 100 years ago.
The South End museum has various items on display with photographs of the community and of the activities that took place therein. It is an interesting place to visit and will take you back 50 – 80 years to give you an idea of Islam and the lifestyle of Muslims in Port Elizabeth back then.
Find more information on the South End Museum by visiting their website at www.southendmuseum.co.za