Maropeng has bade a fond farewell to the iconic The Long March to Freedom exhibition, which we hosted at Maropeng for nearly a year.

The iconic exhibition featured 100 life-size bronze statues of people who have helped move South Africa toward democracy. It included statues of well-known activists such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Adelaide Tambo, as well as lesser-known figures like the 17th century leader Autshumato, who was the first political prisoner sent to Robben Island for defying colonial authorities.

Long March to Freedom farewell
The Long March to Freedom exhibition has left Maropeng (Image: Maropeng)

“We were proud to host The Long March to Freedom at Maropeng for nearly a year. It told a compelling story about South Africa’s political journey from oppression to freedom, and this story complemented Maropeng’s narrative about the origins of humanity,” says Maropeng MD Michael Worsnip.

“Exhibitions like these play a critical role in educating young South Africans. They speak to bigger questions of how we got to where we are today and make us think seriously about where we are going.”

The exhibition, which stood next to the main parking lot at Maropeng, was very popular with visitors.

The exhibition is being shipped to Century City in Cape Town.