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Triangle service held in honor of Mandela

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The service is taking place at First Baptist Church off Wilmington Street in Raleigh. The service is taking place at First Baptist Church off Wilmington Street in Raleigh.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A Triangle-area memorial service was held Saturday in honor of Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died Dec. 5 at the age of 95. He will be buried near his rural home on Sunday.

The service took place at First Baptist Church on Wilmington Street in Raleigh.

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber, Congressman David Price and Raleigh Mayor McFarland were among the dignitaries paying tribute to the former South African president and civil rights icon.

Rep. Price told WNCN at the service he attended, "To join with fellow citizens and pay tribute to this man and his struggle."

Octavia Rainey was one of the attendees inside the church.

"Nelson Mandela was a great man, and he did great things," she said. "Anytime you have someone that has been incarcerated 27 years and still comes out and says we must move forward, and make a change, and no grudges ... that's a great man."

Jerry Love also attended the memorial. "We learned about Nelson Mandela in school. It's an honor to honor his life," Love said.

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