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Nelson Mandela’s Prison Packing List

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After finally being released from Victor Verster prison in 1990, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela had his confiscated property returned to him. Among the items were two big umbrellas, one “large” birthday card, and a surfboard.

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