Today, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (50 East Freedom Way) in Cincinnati opened the exhibit Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu.
The exhibit will take visitors on a visual journey with the photography of Matthew Willman as their guide through former South African President Nelson Mandela‘s life and legacy.
According to the Freedom Center, “From humble beginnings to a life dedicated to resistance, 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. This exhibition provides a platform for a sharing of values so richly present in Mandela’s life to understand the role forgiveness, leadership, truth, and sacrifice play in overcoming the challenges we face in society today.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation commissioned Willman to capture the last 10 years of his life. The photographer turned his lens on South African regions important in the life of Mandela: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island.
Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu also features artifacts from Mandela’s life that the Nelson Mandela Foundation loaned to the Freedom Center.
“Journey to Ubuntu” is an apt way to describe the legacy of Mandela because Ubuntu loosely translates to “I am because we are,” and Mandela was a humanitarian above all else.
Visitors will have until Aug. 20th to get an up close and personal look at the man who defied an entire racist government to bring equality to South Africa. Admission is $5 with general admission, and the exhibit is located in the Skirball Gallery, which is located on the third floor of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
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[Image: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center]