Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #522) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #522)
Transcript: became officer commanding. There however the relationship between the two of us happened to settle on a completely different and friendly footing.
The cell we occupied was the best I had seen thus far in prison. The windows were large and within easy reach. Across the corridor we could see the occupants of the opposite communal cell. From the windows on the opposite side we could catch glimpses of other prisoners and warders as they walked past. The cell was spacious, far too large for just the 4 of us, and had toilet and shower facilities within. I was now in the 6th fmonth of my sentence and even though we were isolated from other prisoners, both political and non political, it was possible to catch glimpses, enjoy surreptitious conversations with other political prisoners in the opposite cell, and as it turned out even begin to contact prisoners in other parts of the prison. As if this was not enough we were soon to find ourselves well supplied with newspaper cuttings despite the determination of the authorities to keep us cut off from all sources of news.
Later that very first evening of our stay on the Island a man, who I thought was a white, tapped at the window and beckoned to me. My sense of caution was undoubtedly greater in view of the lieutenant's warning but I went to the window. He told me that my wife Zami had attempted to visit me at Pretoria Local Prison but was told that I was at Pretoria Central Prison. According to the press she then went there but was again unable to see me. By this time he noticed that I was cautious and he then gave me some particulars about himself. It turned out that he was a Coloured warder. I had mistaken him for a white because I usually have difficulty in distinguishing fair
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