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Noble Drew Ali

  • Birth 8 Jan 1886 North Carolina, USA
  • Death 20 Jul 1929 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 9046217

Religious Leader. The founder of Moorish Science Temple of America, he was born Timothy Drew in North Carolina. Adopted into the Cherokee Tribe, he worked as a circus magician, then traveled to Egypt where he studied under a priest who recognized him as a "prophet." He established his first temple in Newark, New Jersey in 1913. His Chicago temple was called the Moorish Science Temple of America. Ali taught that blacks are Moabites or Moors, for whom the promised land is Morocco. He died after being beaten by Chicago police.

Bio by: David M. Habben





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  • Originally Created by: David M. Habben
  • Added: 6 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9046217
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Noble Drew Ali (8 Jan 1886–20 Jul 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9046217, citing Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .