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Hector Pieterson Memorial, Johannesburg

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The Hector Pieterson Memorial stands in Johannesburg, South Africa in the honor of Hector Pieterson, who was shot on June 16, 1976, when he stood along a host of students protesting against apartheid. About 20 students were killed on that fateful day but Hector’s photograph published in The World newspaper. Hector attained iconic stature in the struggle against apartheid. June 16 is celebrated as the National Youth Day in the memory of this hero of the Soweto uprising.

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