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Mandela online archive: Portraits of a leader

Updated 0148 GMT (0948 HKT) June 27, 2013
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A portrait with his cousin Bikitsha, dating from around 1941, when Mandela would have been about 23. Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
The earliest known photograph of Mandela, believed to be taken in 1938. The future president is fifth from the right in the back row. Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
A photograph of Mandela working in a prison garden, taken in 1977, one of the 27 years he spent behind bars. Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
The earliest known record of Mandela -- a Methodist church membership card bearing the date December 1930. Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
The cover of one of Mandela's prison journals, containing correspondence with his family. Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
The last page of a letter smuggled from Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island in 1977, containing his signature and prisoner number, 46664. Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
The handwritten first page of Mandela's unpublished sequel to his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom." Courtesy Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory