Omar Ibn Said Collection | Library of Congress

  • July 11, 2019
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

The Library of Congress has acquired and made available to the public an autobiographical manuscript written by Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy intellectual documenting the tragic story of his capture and enslavement in America.  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.

Join CAMBA on July 11th as we receive an exclusive viewing of his one-of-a-kind autobiographical manuscript, which has for the first time been translated from its original Arabic into English and is being housed at the Library of Congress.  Historians from the Library's African and Middle East Division will explain the significance of the manuscript and how it challenges the narrative that African slaves were uneducated or uncultured.  We will also receive an exclusive viewing and history of Thomas Jefferson's Quran.

Space is limited, so please RSVP early!  

When:  July 11, 2019 @ 12:30 - 1:30pm (participants must arrive no later than 12:15pm)

Where:  Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540 

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