Fashion District, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
Chancellor HouseA modest, three-story building in the Ferreirasdorp area of Johannesburg, Chancellor House once contained the first black law firm in South Africa, opened by Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo at the height of Apartheid. It was here that the two attorneys fought for those accused of crimes against the state—many of which they were also held accountable for later in life.
Left to languish for years, Chancellor House was restored to its former glory in 2010 and now features a freedom struggle museum on the ground floor. One particularly fascinating display includes a timeline with photographs and interesting events from Mandela’s life, including a picture of him sparring with Jerry Moloi on the rooftop of the South African Associated Newspapers Building. Many of the displays are also visible from the street so passers-by can learn more about Mandela and Tambo while exploring the surrounding neighborhood.