Tribute to Nelson Mandela Mistakenly Features Picture of Morgan Freeman Rather Than the Late South African Leader

| by Dominic Kelly

A billboard in India attempted to give a touching tribute to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, but made a pretty big mistake. The photograph they used was one of actor Morgan Freeman, not Mandela.

Mandela, who died earlier this month at the age of 95, was known for helping to end apartheid in his region and spent 27 years in prison before becoming President of South Africa. His legacy is lasting, and many have made touching tributes to him in the weeks following his death, but the billboard memorial in Coimbatore, India made the big mistake of featuring a picture of Morgan Freeman rather than Mandela.

The billboard reads, as translated by the Huffington Post, “Among today's politicians who cannot think beyond the next election cycle, Nelson Mandela was a leader who thought of the well-being of future generations. He went to join Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King on 5.12.13. We bow down to him, proud to have lived during his time on earth and praise his message of love, non-violence and sacrifice. 'The farmer may sleep, but the seeds he planted never will.'."

The memorial was paid for by cloth merchant Chandrashekhar as way to show respect for the fallen leader, and he says the mistake came from the designer.

"We will replace it with the correct picture of Mandela," said Chandrashekhar, insisting that he did not know how to mistake could have happened.

It does seem like a pretty obvious mistake to catch, but it’s not all that shocking. Following Mandela’s death, many people on the Internet mixed up the famed actor with the South African leader, probably because Freeman actually played Mandela in the 2009 film “Invictus”.

A photo of the sign featuring the major blunder has since circulated around the Internet and has many people wondering how such a big mistake could be so easily looked past