Nelson Mandela was one of the most respected and well known political leaders and humanitarians in the world.
He spent more than two decades fighting apartheid in South Africa, including spending 27 years in South African prisons after being accused of political corruption.
Mandela visited Atlanta twice after his release from prison in 1990.
In June of that year, Mandela visited the city as part of an eight city tour of America. During his visit, he laid a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr., Center, met with members of the King family, and spoke at Georgia Tech. Nelson Mandela and then-wife Winnie at the King Center in 1990 Three years later, he came back to Atlanta. Mandela was president of the African National Congress, and spent three days in Atlanta urging residents to help the ANC compete in South Africa’s first multicultural election. The city’s black religious and political leaders -including Maynard Jackson, Joseph Lowery, and Andrew Young- gathered together to raise money for Mandela’s political party. Nelson Mandela would go on to be elected as South Africa’s first black president, serving from 1994-1999. Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died Thursday at his home in South Africa. He was 95. Here's a slideshow of Nelson Mandela's visit to Atlanta in 1990. (PHOTO CREDITS: Linda Schaefer Photography. -All Rights Reserved)