Enslaved and Freed African Muslims: Spiritual Wayfarers in the South and Lowcountry

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About the Exhibit

The slave ships docking in early colonial America carried enslaved people from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, including West African Muslims. Though the historical record is scantly populated with their history, it reveals that the West African Muslims brought to America carried their Islamic faith and cultural practices with them. This exhibit examines their background before being forced to the Americas, and it explores the lives of individual Muslims who lived in the American South and the Lowcountry.  

 

Credits

Project Author: Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D.