"That photo changed my life. It will be with me as long as I live." - Antoinette Sithole (Hector Pieterson's sister)

The Digital Memory Box

The Soweto ‘76 Digital Memory Box

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itak2f.gifThe Soweto ’76 Digital Memory Box uses electronic multimedia to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital records of those students who took part in the Uprisings of 1976. The Soweto ’76 Digital Memory Box contributes to the ongoing effort by South African historians and archivists to preserve the record of Black townships by collecting first-hand accounts, on-scene images, and blog postings. The Museum hopes to foster positive legacies by allowing former students still living in Soweto, and elsewhere, to tell their stories in their own words. These stories will become a part of the historical record and will remain accessible to a wide audience for generations to come.

We welcome contributions from former students, family members, and anyone with memories of the Museum, the Uprisings, and their longstanding aftermath. Our goal is to make it easy for persons anywhere to write and share their stories or reflections.

You will need to get your paper photos into your computer by scanning your photos. You can use a home scanner, go to a commercially available site, or drop by the Museum for assistance. Be sure to caption and/or describe your photos with dates, names, times, places, or a phrase.

This project builds on our ongoing efforts at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum to collect and preserve the history of Soweto. This project is part of a growing practice of using the Internet to preserve the past through “digital memory boxes.”

Your contact information and contribution may not be used for any public purpose without the permission of the Soweto ’76 Memory Box and the original contributor.

Dr. Angel David Nieves and Ali Khangela Hlongwane are responsible for launching this initiative. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by email at:

soweto76archive@gmail.com