London, England – Ayuba Suleiman Diallo was a writer, intellectual and abolitionist from a distinguished family in Senegal, kidnapped from The Gambia in 1731 and transported to the US where he was forced into slavery.
It was in London, two years later, where his intellect garnered attention, subsequently securing his freedom.
In a portrait by William Hoare, he is painted not as a subservient inferior, but as a respected equal with a soft but unflinching gaze. The red book hanging around his neck is a Quran written in his own hand. Diallo was a devout Muslim.
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