Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Series – Prince Among Slaves Film and Discussion

Join us on Thursday, October 10th at 7 p.m. for a screening of the documentary film Prince Among Slaves followed by a discussion lead by University of Wisconsin – Baraboo/Sauk County professor of history, Dr. Michael Jacobs. The event will be held at the UW-B/SC campus in room A4 of the Aural M. Umhoefer Building.

Prince Among Slaves DVD Cover

This is the third in a series of four “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys” programs co-hosted by the Baraboo Public Library, the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Library, and the Kilbourn Public Library of Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton. Admission is free and the public is invited. No registration or tickets are required.

Prince Among Slaves is the remarkable true story of an African prince enslaved in the American South. Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori was ambushed, captured, sold to English slavers, and shipped to America in 1788. After enduring the horrendous journey, he was purchased by a struggling Mississippi farmer. Abdul Rahman’s leadership, faith, and intellect helped him survive 40 years of slavery while he fought for his freedom and that of his wife and children – a quest that ultimately led to a meeting with President John Quincy Adams. For more information about the film, click here.

The Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells public libraries were among only 22 Wisconsin libraries to win a National Endowment for the Humanities grant called “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys.” Each grant recipient was awarded a collection of 25 books and four DVDs that the NEH says “will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.” The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project is the first in the NEH’s new Bridging Cultures initiative, which is designed to highlight the importance of civility in American life and “embrace the role of libraries in fostering community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways.” The local programs complement the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf materials.

The remaining program in the series will be a discussion of the book The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson at the Kilbourn Public Library Thursday, October 17, at 7:00 pm. Copies of Prince Among Slaves and The Butterfly Mosque are available at the public libraries.

The series of programs is sponsored by the Islamic Center of Madison. Support for the development and distribution of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.