Omar Ibn Said was 37 years old when he was taken from his West African home and transported to Charleston, South Carolina, as a slave in the 1800s. Now, his one-of-a-kind autobiographical manuscript has been translated from its original Arabic and housed at the Library of Congress, where it “annihilates” the conventional narrative of African slaves as uneducated and uncultured. Amna Nawaz reports.
Collection: Images, Multimedia
Project: 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Chronology: Modern age to contemporary
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Document, image, video
Source: PBS NewsHour
Owner: Beatrice Borghi (Modernalia)
Abstract: The history of Omar Ibn Said, from West Africa to America (Charleston)