Rainbow Appears Over Building Where Nelson Mandela’s Body Lies In State

The sky over South Africa’s Union Buildings lit up with colors at the end of the second day of the public viewing.

1. On Thursday, a rainbow appeared over the Union Buildings, the government offices in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, where Nelson Mandela’s body lies in state.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

2. Thousands of mourners lined up for hours on the second day of the public viewing to say their final good-byes to the beloved former president.

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

3. As president of South Africa, Mandela often referred to his country as a “rainbow nation.”

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

4. Nelson Mandela’s inaugural address:

We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity — a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.

Via Nelson Mandela / Inaugural Address / anc.org.za

5. Mandela’s body will lie in state through Friday.

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