Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in prison during apartheid in South Africa, will be honored with a new museum on the site of his arrest 49 years ago.
Although, there is a Mandela Museum in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, close to Qunu where Mandela spent his childhood, South African officials say this new one will be dedicated as a remembrance of his and others’ struggle against apartheid.
Mandla Mandela spoke Friday on behalf of his grandfather at the launch of an exhibition at the undeveloped museum site. He said Mandela asked him to urge South Africans to remember all who were active in the struggle against apartheid, not just him.
The provincial government will pay for the $1.2 million museum and memorial, which is expected to create jobs in the largely rural area.
Mandela was arrested near the town of Howick, some 300 miles from Johannesburg, on August 5, 1962. He became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.