ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Nelson Mandela’s casket made the nearly 600-mile trip from the South African capital of Pretoria to his home village Saturday.
A memorial service to honor the African leader was held at the Cathedral of St. Paul Saturday.READ MORE: Solar Panels Start Duluth House Fire
Political and community leaders spoke at the event, which was closed to cameras.READ MORE: Minneapolis Police, Community Groups Help Bring 18-Hour Standoff To Peaceful End
Nelson Mandela was the first democratically-elected president of South Africa, as well that nation’s first black president. He helped to end apartheid, the country’s system of racial oppression.
Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday.MORE NEWS: Washington County Fair Serves As Test Run For Great Minnesota Get-Together
In the video above, CBS reporter Mark Philips shows how Mandela was a fashion icon.