June 16 Memorial Acre

The June 16 Memorial Acre faces Morris Isaacson High School in central Jabavu, Soweto, one of the schools from which students marched to lead the Soweto Uprising of 1976.

Opened in mid-2015, the memorial has been designed to form the start of the so-called "June 16 Trail", which includes other key sites of that most tumultuous time, such as Vilakazi Street and the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.

The open-air memorial centre tells the story of the Soweto youth of 1976 and their brave stand against the apartheid state. The story is told in pictures and words, with archive photography and murals depicting the scenes of the fateful day when the school students took to the streets to protest against the imposition of Afrikaans as the language of tuition in black schools.

What began as a peaceful protest ended in bloodshed when the apartheid police opened fire on the unarmed students and ensuing riots echoed across the whole country.

Among the many public artworks and memorials is a statute of the main leader of the protests, Tsietsi Mashinini, who was a pupil at the Morris Isaacson High School. In the aftermath of the protests the young Mashinini was forced to flee the country and sadly died in exile before apartheid was finally ended in South Africa.

The June 16 Memorial Acre

The June 16 Memorial Acre

Details

Physical Address Corner Pula Street and Mputhi Street (opposite Morris Isaacson High School), White City, Jabavu, Soweto

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