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Muslims in Early Georgia: Find Films

This Research Guide is an introduction to resources about Muslims in antebellum America, with special focus on the stories of Bilali Muhammad of Sapelo Island, Georgia and Salih Bilali (aka "Tom") of St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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Role of Christianity in Slavery


Prince Among Slaves. Dirs. Andrea Kalin and Bill Duke. Perf. John C. Bailey, Marcus Mitchell, Bruce Holmes, Dawn Ursula, Mos Def (narrator). 2007. Film.

Prince Among Slaves his a docudrama based on the book of the same title by historian Terry Alford. It is the true story of Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima, an educated Muslim of elite ancestry, who was captured and sold to English slavers, and then enslaved in Mississippi in 1788. Call Number: E444.I25 P75d 2011

Daughters of the Dust. Dir. Julie Dash. Perf. Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao, Kaycee Moore. 1991. Film.

An African-American family struggles with a painful past and an uncertain future, as some members prepare to leave their island home to start new lives on the mainland. There is a character named Bilali Muhammad in the film (portrayed by Umar Abdurrahamn), an obvious nod to the Sapelo Island patriarch. Set in 1902 on a Georgia sea island. (112 minutes). Call Number: DVD PN1997 .D3773 2000 and PN1997 .D38 2000.

The Language You Cry In. Dirs. Alvaro Toepke, Angel Serrano. Perf. Vertamae Grosvenor (narrator). 1998. Film.

This moving documentary shows how a song passed down through the generations connects one Georgia Geechee family to a Mende village in West Africa. (52 minutes).