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Address: Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: 011/536-0611
Description: The 1976 photograph of slain thirteen-year old Hector Pieterson, carried...
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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You have to stand on that spot to really appreciate what happened during the uprising. Hector Pieterson was a martyr to the cause of ending apartheid.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

You have to stand on that spot to really appreciate what happened during the uprising. Hector Pieterson was a martyr to the cause of ending apartheid.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I've read about Hector Pieterson but visiting the memorial site brought history to life. Mike was a volunteer guide who chatted through the events of June 16 and also explained the details of the memorial, current day events at the site and more. He broke off a piece of the olive tree (planted at the site as a symbol of... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

While in Soweto don't miss this. It is a nice but sad place to remember what was. Don't let it happen again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

It is amazing the similarities of civil rights movements in the U.S. and S. Africa. We must have missed this terrible event or the U.S. news coverage was minimal at the time. The anti-Afrikaans language uprising led to the student opposition and fatal shooting of young students. Many exhibits - self-guided.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is not a happy stop on any tour of Soweto but I am old enough to remember the photo that went around the world. Not to be missed if you want to understand South Africa’s recent past. The immediacy of the actual site of the shooting really drives home the tragedy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Just a short walk from the Museum the memorial is not to be missed. there is some how a tranquility about standing in front of the memorial, with the hustle and bustle of Soweto going on around you. Our guide was only interested in getting us into the museum, if it was not foe having to wait for the rest... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: 011/536-0611
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Soweto

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