Tribute: On the occasion of a memorial for John Harris (1937 - 1965)

“In honoring those who fought to see this day arrive, we honor the best sons and daughters of our people.” President Nelson Mandela (Cape Town May 9, 1994) on the day of his election as State President of South Africa.

It is almost forty years to the day (1 April 1965) since John Harris, then aged 27, was hanged in the Pretoria Central Prison for his political actions. He died with the song “We Shall Overcome” on his lips – his last message of hope for his fellow South Africans in the anti-apartheid struggle.


References:
• Harris, D.W, Harris, L., Harris, B. (2005) On the occasion of a memorial for John Harris (1937-1965). Freedom Park, Pretoria, 2 April 2005 (John Harris' children)

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