A NATION CELEBRATES ITS FOUNDING FATHER
Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
From 18 July 1918 – 05 December 2013
The Nelson Mandela Museum mourns the passing of its founder, the founding father of our democratic nation, former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Through his selflessness and courage, the extraordinary leadership qualities cultivated in the villages of his beloved Thembuland, his human and political values and principles, and his natural magnanimity and generosity, Mr Mandela enthused and inspired his people, his nation and the world.
What an extraordinary honour, and responsibility, it is to bear his name.
The Nelson Mandela Museum was blessed to have been established in 2000 – on the 10th anniversary of Mr Mandela’s release from prison – in the great man’s lifetime, and to have had the pleasure of hosting him at its facilities in Qunu and Mthatha over the years. Being able to personally interact with their subject is a rare privilege for heritage institutions that are more commonly established only after the passing of the people who inspired them.
The Nelson Mandela Museum operates in the authentic landscape of Mr Mandela’s growth, with sites in Mthatha and Qunu. The Museum’s Footprints Trail extends from its physical facilities, through the schools and churches once attended by Mr Mandela, through the playground of his childhood, through the villages that nurtured him, to the towns and cities beyond.
The script for the Footprints Trail is one of the best selling books of all time; Mr Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, describes in great detail the sites and sounds of his growth.
The Museum extends heartfelt condolences to Mr Mandela’s family, which suffered decades of enforced separation – only to have to share their father with the nation and the world upon his release from prison. Mr Mandela did not fall from the sky to save South Africa. The world owes this family massive recognition and gratitude.
Halala Madiba, Halala! Yours was a life extraordinarily well lived. The Nelson Mandela Museum will live up to its responsibility to honour your name and faithfully propagate your teachings and the example of your life for generations to come.
God bless you!