Mandela freed after 27 years in prison, as reported by The Associated Press on Feb. 11, 1990

  • by: GREG MYRE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 2:50 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE — On Feb. 11, 1990, AP reporter Greg Myre was in Cape Town when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison hand-in-hand with his then wife, Winnie, as people worldwide rejoiced. The momentous event rivaled the fall of the Berlin Wall just a few months earlier as a symbol of newfound freedom. Twenty-three years after its original publication, the AP is making this story available to its subscribers.

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