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Hector Pieterson Memorial

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Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
+27 11 536 0611
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The 1976 photograph of slain thirteen-year old Hector Pieterson, carried by a friend while his grieving sister runs alongside, is a chilling reminder that South African was changed thereafter.
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“iconic photo” (3 reviews)
“few meters” (2 reviews)
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Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
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+27 11 536 0611
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Anyone who knows anything about South African history would have seen the image of poor Hector being carried away from the Soweto massacre. The memorial is moving, and a tribute to those who died, and hopefully an inspiration to those in the "New" South Africa....More

Thank Ash B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Memorial warrants short visit; no need to spend a lot of time here. We didn't visit the museum due to time constraints

Thank Pedro_Mbongeni
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I expected this museum to be informative, since museums usually are. But the first-hand accounts of the Soweto uprising, and the context in which the uprising happened, bowled me over. This museum provides an important piece in the marvelously complex puzzle of South Africa.

Thank HelloWorld58
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go to the museum, stop by the memorial that's right nearby. Weather wasn't the greatest so I wasn't able to spend much time here.

Thank Nick A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our students liked to take pictures at the park and shop with the vendors across the street. We didn't go into museum, but had a guide tell us about the square outside.

Thank Deirdre D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting SA history about what happened in 1976. we called it the Black Power. A memorial commemorates thus

Thank Trevor B
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

The Hector Pieterson Memorial was a stop on our guided tour of Soweto with City Sightseeing and it was for us the first time that we learned about Hector Pieterson and his impact on the fight against the apartheid ! We had a guide who...More

Thank belleretraite
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Standing at the memorial, silently looking at the picture, both my wife and I felt tears streaming down our faces. This simple but moving memorial to an innocent child should not be missed if you visit Soweto.

Thank aekrfk
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Hector himself (or at least his image) is of course so well known, but to learn more of his story and by implication that of so many other young children who endured apartheid, but also to read the words of the relatives (inscribed there), thrust...More

Thank MikeFo
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

This site memorializes a student uprising that was the turning point in the fight against Apartheid. It was after this student's death that momentum seemed to build and US students started calling for divestiture on college campuses. It was informative and useful. The picture of...More

Thank DINA C
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