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Paying Tribute to Madiba on Mandela Day

To see more tributes to activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela, explore the #MandelaDay and #Madiba hashtags.

Nelson Mandela was only 33 years old when a speech he gave incited a protest in Durban and first landed him in jail. Over the next 10 years, Mandela would be arrested three more times for his work fighting South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime until a 1962 conviction for sedition sent him to prison for the next 27 years.

“I was hoping to capture some sense of the hardships he suffered,” retired Johannesburg math lecturer Vivien Budge (@vivbudge) says of the young Mandela portrait she painted, “the anger he must have felt at the injustices he witnessed and the relentless tenacity, determination and courage with which he fought for his beliefs.”

After his release in 1990, Mandela helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa and became the country’s first black democratically elected President. Mandela, who died last December but would have been 96 today, continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to this day.

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Capturing a Hauntingly Beautiful Tugboat Graveyard

For more photos and videos from the Tugboat Graveyard, explore the Tugboat Graveyard - Staten Island location page.

The scuttled remains of tugboats, ferries and other maritime vessels rest peacefully in shallow water off the shores of Staten Island in New York City.

The rusting hulks, decrepit frames, creaks and bumps in the Witte Marine Equipment Company scrap yard, known as the “Tugboat Graveyard,” contribute to a hauntingly beautiful industrial landscape hidden in plain sight.

Instagrammers looking to make an off-the-beaten-path field trip just outside of the city center can capture eerie photos of light filtering through decaying structures, jagged reflections and the occasional geese and other wildlife picking their way along the murky shore.

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Thomas Jefferson’s 270th Birthday

For more photos commemorating Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, check out the location pages for his home, Monticello, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) holds a key position in the history of the United States as one of the nation’s Founding Fathers. As the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the nation’s first Secretary of State, second vice-president and the third president of the United States, his legacy still echoes forward to this day.

During his presidency, Jefferson oversaw the Louisiana Purchase, which expanded the United States by 828,000 square miles (2,144,510 square km). He also commissioned the Lewis and Clark expedition shortly thereafter to explore the newly acquired territory over the course of two years.

In his personal life, Jefferson was also an Enlightenment figure with strong interests in science, invention, architecture, religion and philosophy. These interests led him to found the University of Virginia and design his own plantation mansion, Monticello.