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July 1991: Nelson & Winnie Mandela visit Jamaica

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:00 AM
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, on the tarmac of the Norman Manley International Airport on arrival in Jamaica on July 24. At left is Prime Minister Michael Manley.
Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew Councillor Marie Atkins (left) and Winnie Mandela embrace after the latter was presented with the keys to the city of Kingston at the Oceana Hotel on July 24.
A section of the massive crowd jammed inside the Oceana Hotel clapping and shouting in jubilation at the rally held in Winnie Mandela’s honour.
Nelson Mandela at the rally held at the National Stadium.
Nelson Mandela speaking after he was conferred with an honorary doctorate by The University of the West Indies.
Winnie Mandela at the centre of things as Minister of Labour, Welfare and Sport Portia Simpson (left) and adviser on women’s affairs Beverley Manley exchange thoughts with her during a luncheon held in her and Nelson Mandela’s honour at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on July 25.
Nelson Mandela (centre) greets then Opposition Leader Edward Seaga.

Nelson and Winnie Mandela made a hectic 24-hour visit to Jamaica on July 24, 1991. Their reception was emotionally charged as thousands jammed the National Stadium for a rally in Nelson Mandela’s honour.

Mandela was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by The University of the West Indies, and Winnie was presented with the keys to the city of Kingston.

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