Remembering Nelson Mandela
Thank you for joining Washington National Cathedral’s Memorial Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, after spending 27 years of his life in prison. He led his nation out of apartheid by negotiating a peaceful end to segregation and urging forgiveness for the government that had imprisoned him.
Throughout his long and accomplished life, he was known as a promoter of peace, democracy and equality. His life serves to inspire those who are oppressed or deprived, and is a reminder to all people that change is possible.
For over a century, Washington National Cathedral has served as a gathering place and symbol of faith during times of national celebration, reflection, and mourning. Hosting historic services like this is not just our honor, we consider it our duty as we seek to fulfill our mission be the spiritual home for the nation.