Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Showcases American Muslim History Since 1700s

October 4, 2005

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On October 4, 2005 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, "A traveling exhibit on Muslim history in the United States, curated by the descendant of a Georgia slave, looks back at mostly obscure lives and little-known contributions of American followers of Islam since the 1700s. But the archival photos and documents in the show, which opened Monday in Seattle, have modern-day implications, curator Amir Muhammad said. The Washington, D.C. resident created the exhibit especially 'for immigrant Muslims to understand American Muslim history,' he said. 'It connects people. A lot of people don't know that Muslims were part of the American fabric.' The exhibit is a photocopy of the actual one currently on display at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C... The collection includes copies of letters, pages from diaries, notices of runaway slaves and other documents that reveal the presence of Muslims in American slavery, some of whom had been educated in Africa."