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Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo
Unidentified Artist
Copy after
William Hoare, c. 1707 - 12 Dec 1792
John Faber, c. 1684 - 2 May 1756
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, 1701 - 1773
William Ansah Sessarakoo, c. 1736 - c. 1770
Engraving on paper
Image: 10.3 × 19.4 cm (4 1/16 × 7 5/8")
Sheet: 12.4 × 20.9 cm (4 7/8 × 8 1/4")
Book (open to portraits): 26.1 × 21 × 2 cm (10 1/4 × 8 1/4 × 13/16")
Printed Material\Book
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Male
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Literature\Writer
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Education and Scholarship\Scholar\Translator
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: Rulers and Aristocracy\Aristocrat
William Ansah Sessarakoo: Male
William Ansah Sessarakoo: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person
William Ansah Sessarakoo: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Slave trader
United Kingdom\England\Greater London\London
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Exhibition Label
Ayuba Sulieman Diallo and William Ansah Sessarakoo were captured by slave traders in West Africa but gained their freedom when members of the British elite learned of their high social status. Diallo (left), was the scion of a prominent Muslim family. He was kidnapped in 1730 and sold to a Maryland tobacco planter. News of his plight eventually reached James Oglethorpe, director of the Royal African Company. Oglethorpe brought Diallo to England, where benefactors raised money for his passage home in 1733. Seventeen years later, The Gentleman’s Magazine retold his story in this illustrated article.
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo y William Ansah Sessarakoo fueron capturados por tratantes de esclavos en África Occidental, pero fueron liberados cuando la élite británica supo de su alto estatus social. Diallo (izq.), heredero de una prominente familia musulmana, fue secuestrado en 1730 y vendido a un hacendado tabacalero en Maryland. James Oglethorpe, director de la Royal African Company, se enteró de la situación y llevó a Diallo a Inglaterra, donde unos benefactores recaudaron dinero para su regreso a casa en 1733. Pasados 17 años, The Gentleman’s Magazine recogió su historia en este artículo ilustrado.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Currently not on view