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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.

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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

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