John Hume’s family have announced their intention to donate his Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King Jnr Nonviolent Peace Prize and Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize to the people of Derry. The politician, who passed away in August 2020, was the only person in history to be awarded all three peace prizes in 1998, 1999 and 2002 respectively.
His widow, Pat Hume, said: “Although John built alliances for peaceful change in Ireland, at Westminster, in Brussels and in Washington DC, he always remained rooted in Derry. We believe it is right for the people of Derry to have the opportunity to share these peace awards.
“It is our intention to give the peace prizes to the Derry and Strabane Council to be exhibited in a public place.”
Mayor Brian Tierney said: “It is a huge honour that Pat Hume and the Hume family intend to give these unique peace prizes to the people of Derry. John Hume was my great hero. He was a true and courageous peace maker who made a huge impact in Derry, on the island and internationally. As President Clinton rightly said: ‘He was Ireland’s Martin Luther King.’”