Pic of the day: The Obamas in Nelson Mandela's cell

The president and his family visited the former president's cell while in South Africa in June

By Jillian Rayfield
Published July 22, 2013 3:55PM (EDT)
            (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The White House released this powerful photo of President Obama and his family standing in former South African president Nelson Mandela's cell, during their trip to South Africa in June.

In the picture, the first family listens to Ahmed Kathrada, a former prisoner, during a tour of Robben Island Prison on Robben Island in Cape Town.

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Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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