Civil Rights Museum President: Mandela a 'Great Soldier'

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MEMPHIS (AP) – National Civil Rights Museum President Beverly C. Robertson says the death of Nelson Mandela is the loss of "a great soldier and a courageous leader."

Robertson said in a news release Thursday night the museum honored Mandela in 2000 with the Freedom Award for "his tremendous impact on human rights for Africans, but also for people throughout the world."

Robertson said Mandela cried when he visited the museum and noted he was moved by the tribute to the civil rights movement and the Rev. Martin Luther King, who was killed in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel, where the museum was later established.

Robertson said, "We are saddened by his transition, but we will forever remember his sacrifice and contribution."

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