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Hector Pieterson Memorial

Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
011/536-0611
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Soweto
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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... more » 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. « less
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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223 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 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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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Nothing more. The really good stuff is in the museum, where you'll learn about what happend and what's the statue about.

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Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The memorial is really worth visiting if you grew up in South Africa in the 70s and more especially if you were in Johannesburg. The riots in 1976 were triggered by the wish of one group to subjugate another. The platform was education. The greatest sadness, as far as I am concerned, is that we as a country don't seem... More

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Durban, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A wonderful tribute to a very brave young man. Really worth making the trip, reading the story and seeing the picture. Its a very peaceful area and there are benches that you can sit on. A really nice place to just sit down, take it all in and reflect on how far South Africa has come

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