A life-sized bronze statue of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was unveiled in Cape Town on Thursday. The figure is part of the Long March to Freedom exhibit, which showcases 100 local and international activist icons. The presentation is sponsored by Woolworths and is owned by the National Heritage Project under the leadership of Dali Tambo.
The Long March to Freedom
The Long March to Freedom exhibit is housed at Century City and is advertised as the “world’s greatest exhibition in bronze.” It tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy over 350 years. The Tutu statue stands alongside Nelson Mandela, Beyers Naudé, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Luthuli, and Oliver Tambo.
Honoring a Great Leader
After Tutu’s sad passing, the statue was unveiled in a place of high honor as soon as possible. Tambo stated during the unveiling ceremony that it had always been planned to include Tutu in the exhibit. The bronze statue is a beautiful tribute to Tutu, who was known for his role in fighting apartheid and his work as an Anglican archbishop.
The Tutu statue is a fitting tribute to a great leader and activist. Visitors to the exhibit can see it and the other 99 statues that showcase some of the most prominent figures in South Africa’s history of activism. The Long March to Freedom is an essential stop for anyone interested in learning more about the country’s fight for democracy and the people who led the charge.