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Mandela Remembered from Johannesburg to Midtown

Following the anti-apartheid icon's passing last week, Piedmont Park visitors continue to pause by the "Free Nelson Mandela" sculpture and reflect on the life of the human rights leader.

Flowers and pictures left by well-wsihers at the "Free Nelson Mandela" sculpture in Piedmont Park. Credit: Fulton Shelley
Flowers and pictures left by well-wsihers at the "Free Nelson Mandela" sculpture in Piedmont Park. Credit: Fulton Shelley
In Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday, thousands gathered in a massive memorial service to honor life and work of Nelson Mandela.

About 100 heads of state and other luminaries, including President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, were on-hand to pay tribute to the anti-apartheid icon who passed away on Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the day when Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace prize for their work to help bring peace to their nation.

Across the globe, visitors to Midtown's Piedmont Park continue to pause by the "Free Nelson Mandela" sculpture and reflect on the life of the human rights leader. Many well-wishers have left flowers and pictures at the seven-ton chunk of granite that is located near the park’s entrance on 10th Street near Charles Allen Drive.

Mandela was an inspiration to at least two generations of people around the globe. We’d like to know:

What are your thoughts on Nelson Mandela? How would you describe him and his legacy? Tell us in the comments section below.

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