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Hector Pieterson Memorial

Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
011/536-0611
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Ranked #6 of 14 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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129 helpful votes 129 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I have been to the memorial three times. The first time I did a self tour. The second time I went with friends and we had no tour guide. Last Sunday (18 May 2014), I took some of my ex colleagues who are from West Africa to the HP Memorial. We had a guide by the name of Poloko. He... More

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We went to both the Hector Pieterson and the Apartheid Museum. I have a very difficult time seeing violence. The Hector was easier for me to go to because it talked about violence, but it gave personal accounts of how young people lived with and through it. It is not a huge museum, but it is well done. Although the... More

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Ridgetown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This memorial is a nice addition to the Hector Pieterson museum (or vice versa). It remembers the young boy who was shot and killed by police while demonstration against racial inequality in education. It is very well done. We visited both the memorial and museum and both were worthwhile and very moving.

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