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Hector Pieterson Memorial

Address: Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: 011/536-0611
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Soweto
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: The 1976 photograph of slain thirteen-year old Hector Pieterson, carried by a friend while his...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

In front of Hector Pieterson Museum you will find this memorial, with a great symbology of what had happened around those streets. Really emotional.

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Darwin
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We visited as a part of a Soweto, Red City Bus Tour. The taxi/bus guide then passed us over to a local guide who was seriously excellent as it gave us a better understanding of the exact spot where we were and how it fit's with the turbulent times of the past and how things have changed. Really enjoyed it.

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Los Altos, CA (USA)
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172 reviews 172 reviews
32 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We drove around Soweto with our guide -- born and raised there and still a resident -- and learned so much about its past and its present. Something that we would highly recommend! Our images of Soweto are negative ones often but to see the bustling -- and extensive -- community is eye-opening! You can visit the Mandela home as... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My friend and I went on a bicycle tour ride through Soweto and learnt about Hector Pieterson and his memorial. So much history in Soweto and what a special way to honour such a brave boy.

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Sydney, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Brought chills and goose bumps. I was the same age as Hector Pieterson. How different things might have been if my family had settled in South Africa. Needs at least an hour to see indepth.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

There is a lot to read, mostly first hand accounts, which makes it very real. Take your time and soak it all in. It is less shocking than the Apartheid museum but there are moments of "I can't believe that happened" where you may need to take a little breather. It is possible to walk here from Vilakazi st and... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lots to read video's to watch these remind us of the troubles the country has endured from loss of life of sons brothers fathers and those who disappeared without trace THEIR STRUGGLES MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Spent a good while here. well worth a visit. you get a good feel of the era and the reading is very interesting and disturbing at the same time.

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Good Thunder, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Only a heartless person can't be touched seeing this memorial to the Soweto school children. The Soweto students marched in protest to school being taught in Afrikaans, but ended up being fired upon in the street when they refused to disband. It's horrifying but also a testament to strength and determination.

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Hamilton, Canada
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The memorial, a couple of blocks from the Hector Pieterson Museum, was erected a few meters from where Hector Pieterson, a young school boy, was shot during what was supposed to be a peaceful protest by school children. The photograph of the dying child became an icon of the apartheid protest. This memorial was erected to preserve the memory of... More 

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