1. President Obama and the first family visited the apartheid-era prison on Robben Island, South Africa, Sunday where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid leaders were jailed as political prisoners.
2. The trip was Obama’s second and the first with his family. He previously toured the prison in 2006 as a Senator.
3. The tour guide was Ahmed Kathrada, a former inmate of the prison, who also took then-Senator Obama around the jail in 2006.
4. Kathrada was arrested alongside Mandela and subsequently sentenced to life in prison with hard labor for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the state, according to a White House pool report.
5. While at the prison Obama peered out through prison cell No. 5, which was Nelson Mandela’s cell for 18 of the 27 years he served for his anti-apartheid activities.
6. He left this note at the prison:
On behalf of our family we’re deeply humbled to stand where men of such courage faced down injustice and refused to yield. The world is grateful for the heroes of Robben Island, who remind us that no shackles or cells can match the strength of the human spirit.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
30 June 2013.
7. Obama signed his note with the prison watchtower in the background.
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