Objects & Places from Long Walk to Freedom

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This is the African village that Nelson moves to with his mother and siblings when his father loses his chieftainship. This location represents happy, country childhood for Nelson.

Clarkebury Boarding Institute

This is the first Westernized school that Nelson attends when he is 16. Here, he begins to receive his formal education although the curriculum is skewed due to English and colonial ideals.

Alexandra Township

This is Nelson's first home in the big city of Johannesburg. He describes this place as both dirty and squalid and simultaneously a sort of heaven. This place represents African freedom in a sense. It is a place where black Africans can live, work and trade without the constant supervision of the white man.


The African National Congress symbolizes Nelson's, and other African's fight for freedom against apartheid. This is the organization that Nelson is a member of for years while he...

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