The exhibition begins this Friday, July 29 and runs to April 23, 2023 in the Ansary Gallery of American History.
This global exhibition features some of Mandela’s personal belongings and objects that have never been seen outside of South Africa, and organizers say these items, along with immersive media presentations and scenic re-creations, “enable visitors to actively engage with and experience key moments in Nelson Mandela’s life.”
As South Africa’s first black president, Mandela is known as the “Father of South Africa,” and was a beloved figure around the world. The exhibit takes visitors through his life, from Mvezo, South Africa where he was born, through his years fighting apartheid, to his final years as president.
“The exhibition gives a fascinating insight into one of the all-time giants of humanity – Nelson Mandela is an inspiration for all….for his morality, courage, strength and self-sacrifice; for his vision of a world free of discrimination of any kind,” said Lord Peter Hain, former anti-apartheid leader and author of Mandela His Essential Life.
Warren Finch, director of the Bush Library, said, “Having this exhibit at George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Library, located on the campus of Texas A&M, is a unique opportunity to expose thousands of students to the extraordinary leadership and legacy of President Nelson Mandela.”