- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A Brooklyn high school visited 24 years ago by Nelson Mandela has named its athletic field after the late South African leader.

The New York Daily News reports Saturday (https://nydn.us/1zTijce ) that former Mayor David Dinkins dedicated the renaming ceremony Friday at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Mandela died in December at age 95. The so-called lion of South Africa would have turned 96 on Friday.

The newspaper says about 1,000 students and volunteers gathered for the renaming ceremony. A sign designed after the South African flag was hoisted over the newly renamed athletic field.

Mandela’s visit to the school came months after he was released from prison. City officials honored him with a ticker tape parade.

He was in incarcerated for political offenses in apartheid South Africa.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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