Mandela Statue Unveiled in Washington

A statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela was unveiled Saturday outside the South African Embassy in Washington, D.C., the site where four protestors were arrested in 1984 — an event credited with spurring anti-apartheid sanctions against South Africa.

The 3 meter statue, a replica of the sculpture outside the gates of Drakenstein Correctional Centre in South Africa where Mandela was released after 27 years in apartheid-era jails, is the work of South African artist Jean Doyle, who modeled the sculpture from photographs of Mandela leaving the prison in 1990, his fist is raised triumphantly over his head.

Source: Voice of America

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