Bilali mohammed was enslaved on sapelo island, georgia according to the history of sapelo island written by bilali descendent cornelia bailey (god, dr buzzard and the bolito man), bilali was from sierra leone, and was a master cultivator of rice, a skill prized by georgia slave owners. We take the name “sapelo” from one of the first communities of african muslims in the united states founded in the early 1800s on sapelo island, off the coast of georgia, enslaved african muslims struggled to hold onto their islamic roots amidst the dehumanizing institution of slavery. Bilali wrote in arabic and was considered a leader of the muslim community in sapelo bilali’s children studied islam under his leadership and some of his descendants remain on sapelo island today he was buried with his prayer rug and a copy of the qur’an, symbols of the muslim faith he practiced throughout his life.
1802-bilali muhammad arrives at sapelo island,georgia an unfortunate misconception among today’s american muslim community is that islam has only been present in america for less than 100 years. Bilali (ben ali) muhammad was a fula muslim from timbo futa-jallon in present day guinea-conakry, who arrived at sapelo island during 1803 while enslaved, he became the religious leader and imam for a slave community numbering approximately eighty muslim men residing on his plantation. Cornelia bailey is one of a last generation of african-americans born, raised, and schooled on sapelo island, ga for generations, this geechee community, descendents of africans enslaved on the. The two often met on the mainland opposite sapelo island where this noble islamic pioneer and patriarch spent his last years if this account is accurate, the final resting place of bilali is likely near darien, georgia on the grounds of spaulding’s ashantilly plantation.
Sapelo island – the fourth largest of georgia’s barrier islands at 11 miles long and a mile wide – is owned by the state of georgia, which uses it for research center for the state university, and a noaa (national oceanographic & atmospheric administration) research facility. Tracking the wild cattle of sapelo island posted on january 17, 2012 by tmartin (the following is part of a series about traces of key invasive species of mammals on the georgia barrier islands and the ecological effects of these traces. Cornelia bailey, a vivid storyteller who fought to protect a vanishing slice of african-american culture on sapelo island, off the coast of georgia, died on oct 15 in brunswick, ga she was 72.
The first community of muslims in america that have artifacts as proof of their islamic practices are the descendants of bilali muhammad, who lived on sepelo island, georgia. The people living on sapelo island are descendants of bilali muhammad a muslim who was enslaved on sapelo in 1803 bilal could read and write arabic and was buried with a copy of the quran his wife, phoebe, wore a veil, and her daughters had islamic names, such as medina and fatima . Bilali was a capable worker and eventually became sole manager of sapelo island and overseer of up to 400 or 500 slaves he saved the inhabitants of the island on at least two occasions the first was during the war of 1812. Sapelo island is a pristine barrier island about the size of manhattan with 70 people living on it abundant wildlife and few people make this a very special place the georgia marine inst and the sapelo island national estuarine research reserve are great places to visit and learn about marine life. This is a “artist created” portrait of “bilali muhammad”-almamy of sapelo island ga, (1770-1857) the original painting is acrylic and 16 x 20 the costuming is fulani, and all accessories including the karokaraway fulani wedding blanket come from his fulani culture in timbo, futa djallon.
I bilali and salih bilali: muslims of the georgia sea islands a these are two of at least two black muslims who practiced their religion in sapelo and st simon’s islands during the antebellum period b bilali was a muslim slave on a plantation in sapelo island from the early to mid-1800s c. We american muslims need to help protect the legacy of sapelo island we american muslims need to spread the word about sapelo island because, if i’ve never heard of the island’s history. Islam, as many african americans remind me, is an important part of african american culture and there are many african american muslims today who feel they have “reverted” to the religion of their ancestors last october, mrs cornelia bailey, a leading member of a tiny community of african americans living on sapelo island off the. While the world watched the inauguration of barack hussein obama in washington dc, i was far away on sapelo island, off the coast of georgia. Sapelo island national estuarine research reserve 38 likes 126 were here the sapelo island national estuarine research reserve is a 6,110acre coastal.
If sapelo, an island off the coast of georgia, and belle marsh, where she was born and raised, can be said to have a supreme griot, one who could render its history and culture with passion and. Sapelo island also is the site of what some historians believe was once one of north america’s earliest known muslim communities, dating back to the early 1800s around 1802, p olitician and agriculturalist thomas spalding purchased a muslim slave, bilali muhammad. The muslim community at sapelo island was among the earliest in america, and some scholars believe the ruins on sapelo include the foundations of one of the first mosques in the country descendants of the 400 enslaved men, women and children who lived on thomas spalding’s antebellum plantation still reside on sapelo island in the hog hammock.
Personal ads for sapelo-island, ga are a great way to find a life partner, movie date, or a quick hookup personals are for people local to sapelo-island, ga and are for ages 18+ of either sex. Hogg hummock is the last intact geechee/gullah community in the sea islands of georgia and comprises direct descendants of slaves brought to sapelo island in 1802 the community consists of approximately 249 acres of land located in the south-central area of sapelo island. She calls herself a saltwater geechee, and she is a direct descendant of bilali, a muslim from west africa who was a slave driver on sapelo island in the early 1800s.