In 1831, Omar ibn Said, a Muslim scholar from the Futa Toro region in Senegal, wrote the only autobiography by an enslaved person in Arabic. His identity was shaped into an exotic prince exiled to United States and saved by his enslavers, the Owen family, politicians and religious leaders. In his manuscript, he resisted their depiction through small details about his home before he was enslaved. The Post and Courier has looked back on Omar’s life to find what was lost in rumors and lies. Traveling to North Carolina, where he’d spend the rest of his life, and Senegal, where at 37 years old was captured and taken to Charleston.