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NEW YORK (AP) Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a New York City school will be named after South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Bloomberg said Friday that a new school opening next year in the Boys and Girls High School building in Brooklyn will be named The Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice.

Mandela, one of the world's most beloved figures, died Thursday. He was 95.

Mandela visited Boys and Girls during a visit to New York in 1990. His visit came months after he was released from prison.

He was in incarcerated for political offenses in apartheid South Africa.

Bloomberg says renaming the Bedford-Stuyvesant school to honor Mandela will "forever serve as a reminder" of his powerful legacy.

Mandela traveled to New York several times and received a key to the city in 2005.