Commemorative Nelson Mandela mural unveiled in Montreal

Commemorative Nelson Mandela Montreal Mural

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the visit to Montreal by the late African National Congress (ANC) leader and President of South Africa Nelson Mandela (which happened in the same year he was released from a South African prison after 27 years of incarceration), a special mural was unveiled during a ceremony at the Union United Church on November 16.

Entitled “Long Walk to Freedom” (which shares the title of Mandela’s best selling memoir), the mural was a joint project of the church (where the mural was painted on one of its exterior walls, located on Atwater at the corner of Delisle Street), the Round Table on Black History Month and MU, a charitable organization with a mission to transform Montreal’s public spaces through the creation of original murals throughout its many communities.

Painted by visual artist Franco Egalite, along with the assistance Kevin Ledo, the mural celebrates Mandela’s 3 ½-hour visit to Montreal on June 19, 1990, as part of his global recognition tour. During that whirlwind visit, Mandela visited the Union United Church, had an audience with then-Montreal Mayor Jean Dore, and spoke to a crowd of 20,000 people who gathered at the Place Champ-de-Mars. Montreal was one of the chosen cities for Mandela’s tour due to the fact that it was one of the first cities in the world to fervently campaign against apartheid, a system of government racial segregation in South Africa that Mandela spent most of his life fighting for its abolishment.

By: Stuart Nulman –

Other articles from

Montreal offers free parking

Montreal offers free parking at night – Is it enough to save downtown

limited gatherings over the holidays

Premier nudges toward limited gatherings over the holidays


Old Montreal PETERwHART Gallery offers free book with interactive tour!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Is it possible to get an A for a 5-paragraph essay assignment in 1 hour? We can safely say yes, a student can get an A+ mark if he turns to EduJungles

Two architectural firms quit REM product due to ugly design

Architectural firms quit REM product due to ugly design

According to a report in Journal de Montréal two architectural firms quit REM project due to being ugly. The firms have stepped away from the 10 billion dollar project due to the fact they did not want their firm names to be associated with the project, calling it an eyesore. The portion that had the

Habs fire Claude Julien and Kirk Muller

Habs fire Claude Julien and Kirk Muller – Dominique Ducharme named interim coach

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday that head coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller were relieved of their coaching duties with the Canadiens earlier today. The organization also announced having promoted Dominique Ducharme as interim head coach in addition to the appointment of Alex Burrows to the Canadiens’ coaching staff.

COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination – Downtowners almost forgotten?

By now, we all know that the Canadian government’s vaccine management has been one of the worst “horror stories” at this time of the pandemic. Of course, some of these stories originated in previous governments policies. When the Conservatives were in office, they sold a federal facility that produced vaccines (the multinational that bought it

make your own coffee creamer

How to make your own coffee creamer?

Coffee is such a popular drink for many reasons – the taste is full, it can inspire you to move in no time, and it can keep your energy up all day long. Add to that proper hydration, and you will feel like you are at the top of the world. Some people love their

improve your digestive health

Five tips to improve your digestive health

Your lifestyle and what you eat affects your body and your mind. Both physical state and mental well-being are linked with foods. Simply said, if you want to be truly healthy you need to eat better. Keep reading if you would like to know how to improve your digestive health. Your body is a perfect

tips for playing the electric guitar

Simple tips for playing the electric guitar like a pro

A unique approach to acoustic music When an acoustic player picks up an electric guitar, they tend to use it in two ways. They will either play it as pentatonic bluesy lead lines or like a traditional acoustic. If you are strumming with an electric guitar, you are going to need to play it quite

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox