Item 1424 - Benjamin Franklin Award from the American Philosophical Society

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Benjamin Franklin Award from the American Philosophical Society


  • 28 April 2000 (Creation)

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Verified by: Lucia Raadschelders ; Date verified: 21/12/11

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Award naming Mr Mandela as the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, USA

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White-coloured certificate in brown frame with gold braid border accent Taken out of frame for preservation. Certificate includes yellow image of Ben Franklin bust and two South African flags. Certificate also includes gold seal of the American Philosophical Society.

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The American Philosophical Society
The Benjamin franklin Award for Distinguished Public Service to Nelson Mandela
Steadfast advocate of justice, tireless champion of Freedom; The Americna Philosophical Society salutes this son of a chief and father of a nation, and recognizes his extraordinary contribution, not only to the citizens of South Africa , but also countless men and women in other lands.;
Who as a prisoner of conscience for 28 years so used his captivity to instruct and inspire others, that the prison in which he was confined has now become a symbol of courage and hope, and a place of pilgrimmage;
And who, as leader of his people, and their first elected president, led the way to equality, improved education, housing, and economic growth, with vision, determination, energy, and magnanimity, achieving reconciliation and cooperation between long-standing adversaries.
In awarding Nelson Mandela the Franklin Medal, the American Philosophical Society salutes this international statesman and applauds his consistency of purpose, his resolute courage, his generosity of spirit and his inspiring example.
This twenty-eighth day of April, 2000
Signed by: President

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Nelson Mandela Awards Database ID: A0033

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