Omar ibn Said was captured in Senegal at 37 and enslaved in Charleston. A devout Muslim, he later converted to the Christian faith of his enslavers. Or did he? Read more
For two weeks, countless Senegalese opened their homes and villages, offering insight to two Post and Courier journalists and their team who showed up asking about a long-ago man most had never heard of.
In the 1970s, North Carolina historian Thomas Parramore recruited a Senegalese official to help find Omar's home village. But the stories there have changed.
A much-anticipated opera about Omar, featuring an almost all-Black cast, will debut at next year's Spoleto Festival USA after two Covid-related delays.
Jonathan Green, an acclaimed African American artist, created this coloring book to teach children about Omar's story and help them engage with its important messages.