Casspir Cross-Country Tour

Casspir Cross-Country Tour

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
June 1989
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The photo of a replica of Casspir was taken in Las Vegas, Nevada after it was delivered by trailer truck from New York. It had just been painted in preparation for a tour of western states. Real Casspirs were used by the South African military and police in South Africa and Namibia. The cross country tour was from June 17 to July 26. The purposed of the tour was to publicize conditions in South Africa and southern Africa, to build support for sanctions, and to assist local organizers recruiting for work on sanctions and other Africa issues. In tour visited California (Los Angeles); Arizona (Phoenix, Tucson); New Mexico (Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe); Texas (El Paso, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, Fort Worth, Dallas); Louisiana (Shreveport); Mississippi (Jackson); Alabama (Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham); Georgia (Atlanta); South Carolina (Greenville, Spartanburg); North Carolina (Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Durham, Raleigh); and Washington, DC. The Tour was sponsored by the Africa Peace Committee. Nick Mottern of the Africa Peace Committee coordinated the tour and traveled with the Casspir replica. (Source: Africa Peace Committee documents and Nick Mottern.)
Collection: Mia Adjali (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections