RICHMOND (WRIC) - Nearly
two dozen Richmonders gathered tonight to remember the late Nelson Mandela.
People braved the cold at
the remembrance service at the Lumpkin's Slave Jail site to honor the former president
of South Africa.
"When I first came here
you guys never spoke about South Africa," says attendee Thelma Martin. "I don't
think they even knew, but I think once he got the Nobel Prize, suddenly he rose
and he did these marvelous things for South Africa and for the world. That's
really true. The world has really taken note of Nelson Mandela.
The event was sponsored by
local churches and Richmond leaders and featured the Armstrong High School
Choir. State delegate Delores McqQuinn says
she's grateful to the people who came out tonight to pay their respects.
"They truly understood the
importance of Richmond sharing in the memory and the honoring of such an iconic