A Digital trip down Mandela’s memory lane

March 28, 2012 • Top Stories

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) in conjunction with the Google Cultural Institute launched Madiba’s digital archive yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Screenshot of the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project. (image:

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project aims to preserve documents, photographs and videos of Nelson Mandela’s by digitising these online. Documents include correspondence with family members, his church membership card from when he was a young boy and even ten unpublished chapters of an unfinished sequel to his biography A Long Walk To Freedom. The website is free to access.

According to News24, Google donated R8.6m to NMCM and assisted in setting up this interactive project. The website is divided into different segments of his life namely, ‘Early Life’, ‘Prison Years’, ‘Retirement’, ‘Young People’ and ‘My Moments With A Legend’.

The project was launched on March 27 to coincide with the 60-year anniversary of Madiba’s admission as a lawyer to the Johannesburg bar.

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