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Harlem honors Nelson Mandela with memorial at Apollo Theater

The former president of South Africa visited New York shortly after he was released from prison.

HARLEM - A memorial at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem has been set up to honor former South African President Nelson Mandela, who visited the Manhattan neighborhood in 1990.

The marquee at the theater reads "He changed our world" as a tribute to Mandela, who passed away Thursday at the age of 95.

Shortly after he was released from prison in 1990, where he spent 27 years after he was convicted of trying to overthrow South Africa's apartheid government, he visited New York City. Mandela met with then-Mayor David Dinkins and was greeted by thousands as he traveled through the city.

Former NBA player Jim Bostic, who now runs the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, was in Harlem when Mandela visited and says seeing him changed his life. "It took me to a higher level, a deeper appreciation of what a person had to sacrifice for things we take for granted," says Bostic.

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