SA museum opens exhibition of Noble Laureates

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The Peacemakers Museum has opened an exhibition of Noble Laureates in Sandton, north of Johannesburg. The Noble Laureates include the first non-European to receive the world most prestigious award, Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk. This was made possible by the South African Gold Coin Exchange and the Royal Norwegian Mint. Unveiling the Albert Luthuli medallion on behalf of the Luthuli family, Dr Albertina Luthuli thanked the museum for recognising those who stood and died for peace. The museum seeks to highlight the role of men and women from all corners of the globe who have dedicated their lives to make the world a better place. But, it paid a particular tribute to the four South African leaders who were honoured with the nobel award. Luthuli was the first African ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960. It was for his unswerving commitment to non-violent struggle against white domination. In the height of political violence in 1984 Tutu won the award for his role as a unifying leader, while in 1993 Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk were jointly honoured for their work in the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime and for laying the foundation for a new democratic South Africa. Organisers say the museum will contribute to the ongoing legacy of the South African Peace Laureates.

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