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Screening of Prince Among Slaves

Date: 11/18/2013

Prince Among Slaves (2007)

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00pm
Smith Memorial Student Union room 238, 1825 SW Broadway

Featuring a discussion with Jennifer Tappan, Assistant Professor of African History, Portland State University

About the Film
In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from West Africa, headed for the West Indies filled with a profitable but highly perishable cargo—hundreds of men, women, and children bound in chains. Six months later, one of its human cargo, a twenty-six-year-old man named Abdul Rahman, was transported and sold in Natchez, Mississippi. According to legends that developed around Abdul Rahman in antebellum America, he made the remarkable claim to the farmer who purchased him at the auction that he was an “African prince” and that his father would pay gold for his return. The offer was refused, and Abdul Rahman did not return to Africa for another forty years. During his enslavement he toiled on the Foster plantation, married, and fathered nine children. His story also made him one the most famous Africans in America for a time, attracting the attention of powerful men such as Secretary of State Henry Clay. For more information, click here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Portland State University Black Studies Department and presented by the Portland State University Library and Middle East Studies Center featuring some of the resources in Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association.


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