Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. He went on to be elected president and to lead his country out of Apartheid. This exhibit takes Clinton Center visitors along the arc of President Nelson Mandela’s life through the camera lens of Nelson Mandela Foundation-commissioned photographer, Matthew Willman. Visitors will experience the places and moments that played an integral role in both President Mandela’s and South Africa’s journey to Ubuntu, a word that evokes the oneness of humanity. Visitors can step into a recreation of the eight-by-seven-foot prison cell that Nelson Mandela was sentenced to live in for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, which visually demonstrates the harsh reality of his imprisonment. Visitors will also see artifacts from the Clinton Presidential Library collection, President Clinton’s personal collection, and on loan from the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu is presented by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. This exhibit will close February 19, 2018.