Born in 1918
, he was part of the Thembu tribe’s royal family in the South African village of Mvezo. When his father died in 1927, Mandela was destined to become royal leadership for the tribe. He was taken in by a Thembu regent who remained Mandela’s guardian throughout his education at a local missionary school. There, he was officially given the name Nelson—his birth name was Rolihlahla. After missionary school, he went to a boarding school and then university, though he was sent home from the latter after he and some other students held a boycott of university policies. When he returned to Mvezo, he discovered his guardian had arranged a marriage for him, but he fled—running away to Johannesburg where he would become involved in the anti-racism movements. He joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944.
Though Nelson Mandela’s legacy is ever-present throughout South Africa, these seven places are some of the best spots for an in-depth look at his life.
Capture Site, Durban
Robben Island, Cape Town
Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Mandela House, Johannesburg
LiliesLeaf Farm, Rivonia
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