There are many statutes and monuments in Washington DC honoring many great individuals. This Saturday September 21, 2013 a new statue honoring former South African President, Nelson Mandela, will be unveiled, giving him a much deserved place of honor among the other great individuals immortalized throughout the city. TransAfrica and the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa will be hosting the official unveiling ceremony at 11:00 am on the grounds of the embassy.
A twin of the statue that stands in front of Victor Verster prison near Cape Town, South Africa, the nine foot tall sculpture depicts Nelson Mandela as he walked out of prison in to freedom in February, 1990. The statute symbolically will stand in same place where thousands of Americans were arrested in the 1980’s protesting apartheid and demanding Mandela’s release.
The statue unveiling is open to the public but RSVP is required. The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa is located at 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC, 20008. American Guest House, a Washington, DC bed and breakfast is less than 10 minutes away from the embassy. If you need a place to stay while attending this historical event, our Washington DC Inn is one of the best kept secrets in DC.