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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.
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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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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"hector pieterson"
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"iconic photo"
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"few meters"
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"olive trees"
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"flowing water"
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"historical place"
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"apartheid museum"
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"south africa"
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"worth a visit"
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"soweto tour"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 8 April 2018

This is right outside the Hector Pieterson Museum. Important to visit as part of the entire experience.

Thank kwalkerward
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Got a solemn sense of the tragedy that was explained in the Apartheid Museum. Lots of souvenir sellers taking advantage of the large number of tourists. Parking was easy.

Thank Wing_anda_Prayer1210
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

An heritage place to discover in Soweto. Close to the museum, you can first have a look on this historical place before continue in the museum

Thank rillebabingui
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Take a walk down SA's history. What love about this memorial that it forms part of the vibey street life of Soweto. Ao, although a place of quiet reflection it is not removed from the heart of Soweto.

Thank Joppel
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

stopped off here and our guide did a grand job of explaining the meaning behind the memorial and waterfall. locals sell artefacts nearby and are extremely friendly so do say hello.

Thank maddiePortsmouth
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Sad to know that a 13 year old student shot dead few meters far from this place. He was carried by a man and his sister crying nearby. This picture was banned and then went viral internationally. We stopped near his memorial and read the...More

Thank Abu_Firas_11
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

The Pieterson Memorial is a tour stop worthy of the time. A school is nearby and it demonstrates how truly young and innocent he was when shot. it is thoughtful and symbolic in design. A knowledgeable guide is important to explain the components.

Thank D O D
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

The Hector Pieterson Memorial is sacred to some people, and being here is a moving experience. The memorial is located very close to the actual spot were Pieterson was shot in 1976. There is a plaque and a reproduction of the famous photograph that ignited...More

Thank RebelVirginia
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