Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Nelson Mandela’s visit to Boston in 1990

June 23, 1990: Nelson Mandela acknowledged the cheers after his speech at the Hatch Shell. His then-wife Winnie is at right. His remarks praised Boston and Massachusetts for their fight against apartheid.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

June 23, 1990: Nelson Mandela acknowledged the cheers after his speech at the Hatch Shell. His then-wife Winnie is at right. His remarks praised Boston and Massachusetts for their fight against apartheid.

As the antiapartheid leader Nelson Mandela turns 95, we look at his first trip to Boston in 1990. This was part of his first visit to the United States since he was freed after 27 years as political prisoner in South Africa. Throngs of people gathered in Boston to see their hero and celebrate his movement during his two-day stay. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

Continue reading it below

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com