Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation
The Foundation is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
In 1981 Glasgow was the first city in the world to grant its Freedom to Nelson Mandela, who was then still imprisoned on Robben Island for his key part in the struggle to overthrow apartheid. This initiative made an impact across the world. Aberdeen, Dundee and Midlothian, with other local authorities across the UK, soon took the same step, followed later by Edinburgh.
The 1981 initiative arose out of the long and strong commitment of Glasgow and other local authorities over many years to support of all kinds for the campaign for freedom in South Africa. This strong support was complemented by that of trade unions, churches and many others, in co-operation with the Anti-Apartheid Movement and its local groups and activists.
We believe Scotland’s long connections with South Africa, from the founding by Scottish missionaries in 1841 of Lovedale Institution as the first non-racial secondary school in South Africa (“Scotland’s greatest gift to Africa” – Thabo Mbeki to the Scottish Parliament), to the widespread support for the anti-apartheid cause are all a proud part of Scotland’s history and heritage which deserves to be known and celebrated. The statue will help to do this.
Charity No: SC047067
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