Poster, Where Are Their Graves in Soweto, ca. 1980
This poster commemorates the hundreds of students killed by police in the 1976 uprising in Soweto, South Africa. Thousands of black students marched to protest new legislation requiring that Afrikaans, a symbol of apartheid, would be used as the language of instruction in local schools. The horror of the uprising’s casualties made it a symbol of the fight against apartheid and established greater unity in abolishing apartheid government.
It is credited
Gift of Steven Heller and Karrie Jacobs.
Its dimensions are
46 x 31.8 cm (18 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed in black, upper left of group of figures: where / are / their / graves; in black, lower right of figures: in / soweto; in black, lower left: Each uprising is more determined than the last. In Sharpeville we overcame the / consequences of disobeying the law . . . Soweto has been a lesson in overcoming fear of / the gun.; in black, lower right: Robert Sobukwe, late President / Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (South Africa); in black, bottom right: Fold on line for permanent display
Cite this object as
Poster, Where Are Their Graves in Soweto, ca. 1980; USA; lithograph on paper; 46 x 31.8 cm (18 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.); Gift of Steven Heller and Karrie Jacobs; 1993-53-78