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Bush Library Announces Nelson Mandela Exhibition

The global exhibition, which opens on campus July 29, takes visitors on a personal journey through the life of the iconic leader.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications July 26, 2022


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George H.W. Bush with Nelson Mandela, of whom he said in 2013, “As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment — setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all.”

George H.W. Bush Library and Museum


The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University announces its latest exhibition Mandela: The Official Exhibition, which say organizers, “takes visitors on a personal journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader.”

The exhibition begins this Friday, July 29 and runs to April 23, 2023 in the Ansary Gallery of American History.

This global exhibition features some of Mandela’s personal belongings and objects that have never been seen outside of South Africa, and organizers say these items, along with immersive media presentations and scenic re-creations, “enable visitors to actively engage with and experience key moments in Nelson Mandela’s life.”

As South Africa’s first black president, Mandela is known as the “Father of South Africa,” and was a beloved figure around the world. The exhibit takes visitors through his life, from Mvezo, South Africa where he was born, through his years fighting apartheid, to his final years as president.

“The exhibition gives a fascinating insight into one of the all-time giants of humanity – Nelson Mandela is an inspiration for all….for his morality, courage, strength and self-sacrifice; for his vision of a world free of discrimination of any kind,” said Lord Peter Hain, former anti-apartheid leader and author of Mandela His Essential Life.

Warren Finch, director of the Bush Library, said, “Having this exhibit at George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Library, located on the campus of Texas A&M, is a unique opportunity to expose thousands of students to the extraordinary leadership and legacy of President Nelson Mandela.”

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the Bush Library and Museum admissions desk or by visiting Admission to the Bush Library for A&M and Blinn students with ID is always free.

Media contact: Amy Raines, Bush Library & Museum, 979-691-4069,


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