For most of his 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela lived in a small cell, sleeping on a mat on the floor, with poor food and no running water. Every six months he was allowed one visitor and a single letter. Yet his unbreakable will persisted – and he became one of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th century.
A new exhibition, now open at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, explores the fight for justice and dignity in South Africa. Developed in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom immerses visitors in a sensory experience of imagery, sound, digital content and artifacts.
Mandela’s story is one of many featured at the Museum, where the contributions of diverse groups and individuals come to life in its galleries.