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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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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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Pretoria
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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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Los Altos, CA (USA)
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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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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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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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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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