The sign was put up in Coimbatore, India.
(Photo: Samanth Subramanian via Twitter)
Journalist Samanth Subramanian posted a picture of the sign on Twitter and called attention to the mistake on Dec. 18. The photo was shared more than 700 times and soon made international news headlines.
The sign that was written in the Tamil language and also featured the faces of Ghandi, Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “We should be proud that we were part of an era when they lived,” according to a translation provided by the Express Tribune.
Chandrashekhar, the person who paid to create the sign, said that he is in the process of correcting the image. He blames the error on the designer. The mix-up could have stemmed from the fact Freeman portrayed Mandela in the 2009 film Invictus.
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