Hector Pieterson Museum, Johannesburg

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Pay your respects to the Soweto schoolchildren killed in the 1976 uprising at Hector Pieterson Museum, dedicated to a young boy slain during the protests. Established in 2002, the museum houses a collection of relics, documents, photos, and videos from the uprising, detailing the role of high-school students in the fight for freedom. View the monument adjacent to the museum, built in the early 1990s and featuring the iconic photo of Pieterson, carried by another boy after being shot by the police. Add Hector Pieterson Museum to your Johannesburg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Johannesburg trip itinerary planning app.
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  • A well preserved historical account of extreme brutality against black youth, especially primary and secondary school children who seek to preserve their rights and voices in peaceful manner. Such...  more »
  • This was a great museum for understanding the history and background of why the school age children marched and why the police elected to shoot into the crowds. They recently underwent installations....  more »
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  • I couldn't stay inside the Museum for very long owing to the upset it caused me. It was seeing the huge truck they drove into the crowds of young protesters that really made me cry. Anyone who lived through the 80s may recall the photo of Hector Pieterson, the dead child being carried by another child through the streets of Soweto. It's an iconic photo of that decade. The Museum exhibits are quite moving and do an excellent job of placing you right in the epicenter of the youth led Soweto uprising.
  • Thought-provoking, painful yet powerful place. The History of South Africa is a sad reality amd this place is a must see for everyone, regardless of race. Like I said, it's painful but beautifully captured and really transports you back to those days. Unfortunately, no photography inside (apparently) so you can really be in the moment and think about the impact of the past, and hope for a better tomorrow. The best part of it is that you can opt for a solo walk through so you can really take your time reading everything and watching all the black-and-white retro documentaries.
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