VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Revisit Mandela’s historic tour of New York City in 1990

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — On a sunny June day in 1990, Nelson Mandela arrived in New York City, the first of an eight-city tour around the United States to rally support against apartheid.

Along the way, Mandela also did a little sightseeing, stopping by the Statue of Liberty and even proclaiming that “I am a Yankee!”

He also acquired some gifts — Mayor David Dinkins presented him with a pair of keys to the city, and an array of religious leaders gave him a $200,000 check.

Thousands gathered on Wall Street to see the “Mandela-mobile,” and his visit to the Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant drew crowds.

Mandela was surrounded by love and support from New York 23 years ago —  and ultimately, his prediction that “Apartheid is doomed” became a reality, as the world is recalling now,  through his ideas and leadership.