Archbishop of Cape Town marks anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s first speech as a free man

[Anglican Communion News Service] The spot at Bishopscourt – the official residence of the archbishops of Cape Town – where Nelson Mandela first addressed the world’s media as a free man, has been marked with a commemorative plaque. Mandela was released from prison after 27 years of captivity Feb. 11, 1990. He spent his first night as a free man as a guest of Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Bishopscourt and gave his first press conference the following day from a terrace in front of the house. On Tuesday, the 28th anniversary of that press conference, the current archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, unveiled the plaque marking this historic spot.

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