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Mandela was joined by Mayor Rudy Giuliani two (Credit: NYC Mayor's Office)

Mandela was joined by Mayor Rudy Giuliani two months after the World Trade Center attacks. (Nov. 25, 2001)

Nelson Mandela in New York

Nelson Mandela visited New York a number of times during his life, to promote South Africa at the United Nations and to visit friends and political leaders.

Nelson Mandela holds a key to the city
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Nelson Mandela holds a key to the city during a 1990 visit to New York. (Jun. 20, 1990)

Mandela received a warm welcome at the United
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Mandela received a warm welcome at the United Nations in 1990, where he urged continued sanctions against South Africa until the ending of apartheid. (June 22, 1990)

In 1990, Mandela joined Mayor David Dinkins for
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In 1990, Mandela joined Mayor David Dinkins for a meeting in Manhattan. (June 23, 1990)

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Mandela dons a Yankees jacket and cap during
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Mandela dons a Yankees jacket and cap during a 1990 rally at Yankee Stadium. He told the crowd, "I am a Yankee." (June 22, 1990)

Mandela was greeted warmly by Mayor David Dinkins
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Mandela was greeted warmly by Mayor David Dinkins during a 1991 visit to New York. (Dec. 4, 1991)

Mandela was escorted around the Gracie Mansion mayoral
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Mandela was escorted around the Gracie Mansion mayoral residence by Mayor David Dinkins in 1992. (July 14, 1992)

From left, David Dinkins, Bill Clinton and Nelson
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From left, David Dinkins, Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela meet in Manhattan. (July 15,1992)

In 1993, Mandela visited a Brooklyn church and
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In 1993, Mandela visited a Brooklyn church and thanked parishioners for their financial support of the African National Congress. (June 30, 1993)

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In 1993, Mandela addressed the congregation at the
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In 1993, Mandela addressed the congregation at the Concord Baptist Church in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. (June 30, 1993)

Mandela addressed the UN's anti-apartheid committee at the
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Mandela addressed the UN's anti-apartheid committee at the General Assembly in 1993. (Sept. 24, 1993)

Nelson Mandela addresses the Anti-Apertheid Committee at the
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Nelson Mandela addresses the Anti-Apertheid Committee at the UN General Assembly. (Sept. 24, 1993)

Mayor David Dinkins, left, and the Rev. Jessie
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Mayor David Dinkins, left, and the Rev. Jessie Jackson greet Mandela after a news conference at the United Nations in 1993. (Sept. 24, 1993)

Mandela was joined by Mayor Rudy Giuliani two
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Mandela was joined by Mayor Rudy Giuliani two months after the World Trade Center attacks. (Nov. 25, 2001)

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Mandela and Mayor Rudy Giuliani sign the Wall
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Mandela and Mayor Rudy Giuliani sign the Wall of Nations, representing countries that lost citizens in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, during a tour of Ground Zero in New York. (Nov. 15, 2001)

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