Freedom: The UAW and the Release of Nelson Mandela Exhibit at Wayne State\'s Walter P. Reuther Library Feb. 2 - 27

January 27, 2009

Wayne State University's Walter P. Reuther Library is pleased to announce the opening of "Freedom: The UAW and the Release of Nelson Mandela." This exhibit demonstrates the role of the UAW, and specifically President Owen Bieber, in the release of Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison and the subsequent end of apartheid in South Africa.

Subjects detailed in the exhibit include Bieber's arrest in front of the South African Embassy, his role in the "Boycott Shell Movement," the release of International Metalworkers' Secretary Moses Miakeyso, Mandela's visit to Detroit, and Bieber's involvement in establishing election monitors for the 1994 presidential election in South Africa.

The exhibit features buttons, posters, photographs, documents and reproductions of Solidarity Magazine from collections including the Bernard Firestone Papers, UAW International Affairs Department: Victor Reuther and Lewis Carliner Records, and UAW Office of the President: Owen Bieber Records. Freedom will run Feb. 2 - 27 in support of African-American History Month in the Woodcock Gallery of the Reuther Library. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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