AFRICAN PRINCE WAS ENSLAVED" (TRUE STORY)
"Prince Among Slaves," is the inspiring forgotten true story of an African prince (Abdul Rahman) who survived 40 years of enslavement in America (Mississippi) before finally regaining his freedom after an amazing coincidence took him to the White House to meet President John Quincy Adams, where he was granted his freedom.
Abdul Rahman was captured in 1788 and sold into slavery in the American South. He endured the horrific Middle Passage and ended up the "property" of a poor and nearly illiterate planter from Natchez, Mississippi, named Thomas Foster. Rahman remained enslaved for 40 years before finally regaining his freedom under dramatic circumstances, becoming one of the most famous men of his day. He returned to Africa, his royal status acknowledged.
"Abdul Rahman survived the harsh ordeals of slavery through his love of family and his deep abiding faith."
The film "Prince Among Slaves,"
Rahman's, the African prince of Timbo, experience as a slave in America.
In 1788, in Futa Jallon (West Africa), Prince Abdul Rahman was returning home after a military battle with several men to bring to his father, King Sori (chief of the Kingdom of Futa Jallon) who commanded over 2,000 men. However, Rahman and his men were captured before they could return to Futa Jallon. Rahman was commanded to leave behind his wife and child in Mali at Timbo (presently called Guinea), forced to walk 100 miles barefoot, and sold into slavery, in addition to two flasks of powder, some muskets, eight twists of tobacco, and two bottles of rum. The ship Rahman was on was called Africa,and after 3,000 miles of ocean and three months of travel, Rahman set foot from the Gambia River to Natchez, Mississippi. Rahman was used to more civilized and richer land, and he tried to coax his new slave owner into letting him go if his father were to give him money, but Thomas Foster, his new slave owner, bought him for 930 pesos and laughed off his new slaves (Abdul Rahman and Samba).
Created by: JACQUELINE JOHNSON
Record added: Jul 27, 2010
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