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Ayuba Suleyman Diallo (Job ben Solomon)

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Photographs and Prints Division

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Ayuba Suleyman Diallo (Job ben Solomon)

Born in a family of Muslim clerics, Diallo was deported from Senegal in 1731 and ended up in Maryland. He gave a letter, written in Arabic in which he asked to be ransomed, to a slave captain en route to Africa to give to his father. The letter found its way to London, where philanthropists bought his freedom. Diallo went back to Senegal in 1734. His biography, Some Memories of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon High Priest of Boonda in Africa, was published in London in 1734.