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TThe Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto's Khumalo Street recalls the events of 16 June 1976 and the ensuing Soweto Uprising. This museum in Soweto takes the visitor on a journey that includes the build up to a youth rebellion, the events of that fateful day and its aftermath.

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HHastings Ndlovu, a Soweto student leader, was the first person killed in the Soweto Uprising.

TThe Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto's Khumalo Street recalls the events of 16 June 1976 and the ensuing Soweto Uprising. This museum in Soweto takes the visitor on a journey that includes the build up to a youth rebellion, the events of that fateful day and its aftermath.

TThe Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto is a short distance from where police opened fire on students on 16 June 1976 during a protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in township schools.

On the morning of Wednesday, 16 June, scholars in Soweto assembled in school grounds before beginning their march to Orlando Stadium where a protest against Afrikaans was to be held. On the way, not far from Phefeni Junior Secondary School on Vilikazi Street, schoolboy Hector Pieterson joined a group of several thousand scholars.

After a brief standoff, police opened fire and the photograph of a dying Hector Pieterson, cradled in the arms of a fellow student with his terrified sister running beside them, flashed around the world. This image, taken by news photographer Sam Nzima, became a symbol of the resistance against apartheid. Today, June 16 is commemorated as Youth Day in South Africa.

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