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From Prisoner to President: Mandela's Impact on the World

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Robben Island

Mandela served the majority of his time in prison at Robben Island and worked in a lime quarry as part of detention. It is said that his labor damaged Mandela’s eyes and lungs.

Even while imprisoned, Mandela maintained his political activism. He, along with fellow ANC members, members from the PAC and the Unity Movement, worked to provide political education for prisoners.

Photos courtesy of "Mandela: The Authorized Portrait," Andrew McMeel Publishing.

Read more: How Nelson Mandela Survived His Years in Isolated South African Jail

Mandela died Dec. 5, 2013, at age 95.