Memorializing Mandela

It was sad news this week to learn of Nelson Mandela’s passing.

As the first president of a democratic South Africa, he was the George Washington of his country – a revolutionary who went on to provide stabilizing and unifying leadership as a politician, and then retired to civilian life rather than holding on to power.

He was a man who always seemed larger than life, even while he was still living. This weekend I went to the South African Embassy to pay my respects.

In September, they had just installed a great statue of Mandela out front, visible to all who pass by it on Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row.

Mandela's statue in front of the South African Embassy.
Mandela’s statue in front of the South African Embassy.

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