Built in 1679 to house the Dutch East India Company's slaves, this building is just meters away from the very spot where people were once inspected by potential buyers before sold off to the highest bidders. Slated to become a world-class memory bank that honors the slaves who have featured in the colony's history, this museum's curators have been slow to develop a consistent body of work such as you'll find at Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum, but big things are in the offing. Ongoing, changing exhibitions -- such as the Iziko Freedom Project, marking the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807 -- draw attention to the legacy of slavery at the Cape (and beyond), as well as related issues such as human trafficking, forced labor, and other infringements of basic human rights that are so much a part of South Africa's turbulent history.