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In 1994 Nelson Mandela revisited the cell at Robben Island prison where he was jailed for more than two decades. Louise Gubb/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Nelson Mandela's Prison Letters: 'One Day I Will Be Back At Home'

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Former President Barack Obama speaks in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'We've Been Through Darker Times': Barack Obama Speaks In South Africa

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, in Johannesburg in December 2017, made the doek, a head covering and symbol of African womanhood, her trademark. Mujahid Safodien/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (left) greets South African President Nelson Mandela in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1998. The two men have shaped their countries in dramatically different ways. Rob Cooper/AP hide caption

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Former President Barack Obama's tweet after the violence Charlottesville, Va., is now the most-liked tweet ever. The tweet quoted Nelson Mandela and included this photo of Obama visiting a daycare in Maryland. Pete Souza/The White House hide caption

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Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada talks during a tribute to his close friend and former South African President Nelson Mandela at Gandhi Hall on Dec. 8, 2013, in Johannesburg. Kathrada died on Tuesday at 87. Marco Longari /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anti-Apartheid Activist Ahmed Kathrada Dies At 87

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A woman makes her way to a voting station in Zithobeni during the 2016 local government elections on Wednesday in Gauteng, South Africa. Alet Pretorius/Getty Images hide caption

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Large video screens were set up around the village of Qunu for the more than 4,000 mourners who gathered for the service. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Nelson Mandela casts his vote during South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994. Mandela's example led to more democracy across Africa, although overall political freedom has declined on the continent in the last five years. John Parkin/AP hide caption

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