NCCU plans exhibit of Nelson Mandela's art

Posted August 4, 2010 1:00 p.m. EDT

A series of sketches by Nelson Mandela chronicling his years as a political prisoner will be displayed at the art museum at North Carolina Central University.

“Spirit of Freedom: Drawings and Narratives from Nelson Mandela’s Imprisonment at Robben Island,” from Aug. 8 through Sept. 17.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, 19 of them at Robben Island.

The charcoal and pastel sketches are displayed along with photographs of people and places Mandela used as his inspiration. Writings from Mandela will also be included in the exhibit.

The images were loaned for the exhibit by Capitol Broadcasting Co., parent company of WRAL-TV and, and were originally purchased in South Africa by Jim Goodmon, president and CEO of the company.