A man washing a 'Free Mandela' slogan off the side of King's College Chapel in Cambridge, 1964... [On the 11th of February 1990, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, activist leader against the apartheid system of government in South Africa was set free.

Today (February 11th) in 1990 Nelson Mandela, the leading anti-apartheid campaigner was freed from prison in South Africa after 27 years.

Our hero, our Madiba | "I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it. I was intrigued by how one moved one's body to protect oneself, how one used a strategy both to attack and retreat, how one paced onself over a match." - Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom

Our hero, our Madiba | South African President Nelson Mandela stands at attention while the National Anthem is sung in 1994. Photo: Getty Images

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