Hector Pieterson Memorial Site and Museum
Hector Pieterson became the iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising during apartheid South Africa, when a news photograph of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student was published across the globe. He was just 12 years old when the police, unprovoked, opened fire on school children who had gathered to protest the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. The museum fuses memorabilia with modern technology and cultural history and is located two blocks away from where Hector was killed. In 2007 Hector's sister Antoinette, who is seen in the famous photograph holding her hands held out in panic, was working at the museum as a tour guide and today 16 June is a public holiday named National Youth Day to honour young people.
Address: Hector Pieterson Sq., corner of Khumalo and Pela Sts., Orlando West, Soweto
Telephone: (011) 536 0611
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm; Weekends 10am-4:30pm
Admission: Adults: R25, students: R5