The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan is a veritable treasure trove for Blue Oval and automotive enthusiasts alike, routinely changing out its exhibits and vehicles on display to keep things fresh and keep visitors coming back. In recent months, that includes a Christmas tree ornament display, an exhibit that focuses on the history of mobility, a Fiesta driven by the late Ken Block, and an exhibition centered around American racing history. Now, The Henry Ford has announced its latest attraction – Mandela: The Official Exhibition – which pays tribute to former South African president and world renowned freedom fighter, the late Nelson Mandela.
Produced by Round Room Live in partnership with The Royal House of Mandela (RHoM) and RHoM Investments, Mandela: The Official Exhibition is set to embark on a worldwide tour, giving visitors a personal glimpse into the life of the man himself. The Henry Ford will be the exhibit’s first stop in Michigan, and will be on display there from October 21st, 2023, to January 15th, 2024.
This exhibit will contain a host of immersive and interactive experiences, including unseen footage, photos, and over 150 historical artifacts and personal effects on loan from the Mandela family, various museums, and archives across the globe. Its purpose is to educate, entertain, and inspire using many personal belongings and objects never previously seen outside of South Africa, including Mandela’s presidential desk and chair, trench coat, the suit worn for the opening of the South African parliament in 1996, and a traditional head dress gifted to him by The King of Xhosa people.
“The Royal House of Mandela is delighted to endorse this exhibition honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela as it truly captures the spirit of our global icon whose name has become synonymous with international solidarity, justice, and peace,” said Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela. “It succeeds in quintessentially depicting the man and the legend whose struggle and sacrifice has captivated the hearts and minds of millions around the world. This exhibition is truly an inspiration and an inspired effort; I believe that everyone who sees it will agree that the legacy lives on and that the dream will never die.”