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South Africa Then: Dompas

Dompas - an Afrikaans word meaning dumb or stupid pass. Africans commonly referred to their pass as a dompas. Pass laws were established as a way to limit the movement of South Africans and segregate them, pushing them out of urban areas. Although many versions of these laws were passed in the years leading up to Apartheid, the Black (Natives) Laws Amendment Act of 1952 formally stipulated that South Africans must carry passes, and when found in an area that they did not have a pass for, they could be imprisoned. Non-white South Africans were only allowed in urban areas if they were born there and lived there since birth, or had been previously employed there for at least ten years, or lived continuously in one area for fifteen years.


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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


202-399-7993 ext 2


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

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