What are you waiting for? The exhibit that has captivated Cincinnati will only be around for a few more weeks. Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu
is on display now through August 20 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The exhibit celebrates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman, as he revisited many of the locations that played an important role in Mandela’s fight for freedom and equality.
From his humble upbringing all the way through his battle for freedom, this exhibit explores the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die for his beliefs. Willman studied and admired Mandela for nine years before finally getting the opportunity to meet his hero. Shortly after, Willman was commissioned by The Mandela Foundation, and has been dedicated to bringing to light the larger problems in his country and throughout the world ever since.
The photographic journey begins in Mandela’s childhood home, then travels to Johannesburg, Pretoria (where Mandela and other anti-apartheid activists went on trial in 1963) and Robben Island (where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years). Along with the moving photography collection, the exhibit features artifacts from Mandela’s life, on loan from The Nelson Mandela Foundation, that put into perspective the struggles he faced.
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