Hector Pietersen Memmorial which focuses on 13-year-old Hector Pietersen, because he was just an immocent kid in the street and whose photograph after being shot shocked the world.
He was not alone. On that day, 16 June 1976, several dozen other students were killed by police while protesting the government’s insistence that arithmetic and social studies be taught in Afrikaans, the language of the Dutch-descended white settlers who controledl the apartheid government.
A famous photograph from that day shows Hector’s mortally wounded body being carried in the arms of a sobbing friend. The killings triggered an uprising that quickly spread to other townships, with the death toll eventually exceeding 600, and it spawned international condemnation of the South African government.
The Memmorial is an emotionally moving place. The image shows part of the exterior where the photo from the day is displayed.
Canon 500D, zoom lens.
(Featured in The World as we See it, or as we Missed it.)