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Story of an Icon

The Mandela House was home for the great South African anti-apartheid activist and president Nelson Mandela from the 1940s through the 1990s, although for most of that time he languished in prison. His wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and their children lived here during Mandela's imprisonment and for some years afterward. Mandela ultimately donated the modest tin-roofed brick building to the Soweto Heritage Trust, which now manages it as the Nelson Mandela National Museum. Touring the Mandela House today, you can see some of its period furnishings and explore exhibits devoted to Mandela's astonishing life and profound influence.

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