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Address: Hector Pieterson Square | Soweto, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: 011/536-0611
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The 1976 photograph of slain thirteen-year old Hector Pieterson, carried by...

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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Powerful Memorial! A Must Visit Memorial!

Memorial named and erected in honor of the first youth to be killed by the South African Apartheid Government while protesting. A Must See!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Memorial named and erected in honor of the first youth to be killed by the South African Apartheid Government while protesting. A Must See!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting here while in Jo'burg and Soweto is a must. Provides a lot of historical background in the youth uprising against the laws requiring students to learn in English and Afrikaans. You will learn so much about the community and history of Soweto and the people of Johannesburg.

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

This memorial is dedicated to Hector Pieterson and role that students played in 1976 to change the apartheid system. It's very moving. We were unable to see the actual museum during our visit but the memorial were great.

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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

This is part of the museum really. highly recommended for History lovers. It will definitely move you

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

The photograph of young Hector Pieterson who has been shot, being carried is the focal point of this memorial, the water flowing, the tears, the rocks, the weapons. Everything in this memorial has a significant meaning to it. While there head into the museum as part of your visit.

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Close to the Mandela House is the Hector Pieterson Memorial. It only takes a few minutes to visit the memorial and get a sense for the tragedy that unfolded. School children still flood the area yet, thankfully, they are happy and playful. The memorial reminds one of the struggle and chaos that erupted on that fateful day and the loss... More 

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Beechgrove, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

This fairly large museum, named for the young schoolboy killed at the beginning of the Soweto riots, documents both his death and the events that led to the riots. During the days of apartheid, the government insisted that all teaching in the schools would be in Afrikaans, rather than the local language. Demonstrations led to a harsh government response, ending... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Hector Peterson Memorial & Museum, as its name suggests commemorate the death of a child by the same name, on 16th June 1976, who was allegedly shot dead during students and community protests against Bantu Education. These were the days of protests against the apartheid and the government wanted students discriminated, even in the education, on the racial lines. On... More 

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Buchs Zürich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

A monument for a very sad moment. It's recent history and and important piece in the puzzle of change.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Apartheid has been abolished but the pain is still felt amongst the people. It is forgiven but never forgotten. Good to have visited this place.

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