Mandela's sketches on display at American Tobacco Campus
Posted January 4, 2014
Updated January 5, 2014
Durham, N.C. — Charcoal and pastel sketches done by the late Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment highlight a new exclusive exhibit on display at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
"Mandela: A Long Walk" features work from Capitol Broadcasting Company's art collection. CBC owns American Tobacco and WRAL.
"These sketches are not so much about my life as they are about my own country. I drew hands, as they are powerful instruments, hands can hurt or heal, punish or uplift," Mandela wrote in his journal of the sketches.
The exhibit, which features several interactive pieces, also explores the parallels between South Africa's apartheid regime and Jim Crow laws in the United States.
"Our exhibit attempts to honor Mandela’s vision and indefatigable spirit by providing both a look at the man in his place and time as well as relevant experiences right here in the Triangle. In this way, we hope to continue the meaningful conversation that Mandela sparked," American Tobacco's Jes Averhart said.
Visitors can view the exhibit for free in the Crowe Building, 406 Blackwell St., daily from 9 a.m. to 6 a.m. through Feb. 26.
The exhibit is the first in a series of events marking the 10th anniversary of American Tobacco's transformation from historic abandoned factories into a thriving hub for culture and business.