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After serving 27-years in three different prisons, Nelson Mandela was freed when then South African president, F.W. De Klerk began to dissolve apartheid. De Klerk removed the ban on the African National Congress (ANC), suspended executions, and ordered the release of Nelson Mandela.

A group of American and South African students, aged from 11 to 19, met with Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, on 2 June 2009. This is part of a series of activities ahead of Mandela Day on 18 July.

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The Nobel Peace Prize recipient went on to become the first elected President… post apartheid South Africa. Mandela died on December 5, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 95-years-old.

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