The western perimeter of sapelo is the sapelo island national estuarine research reserve (sinerr) also lies on the south end of the island visitors to the island must be a part of an organized tour or guests of residents on the island. 1 sapelo island historical marker near the meridian dock courtesy of dylan wilson 2 the ben-ali document courtesy of the university of georgia hargrett rare book and manuscript library. Image from african muslims in antebellum america) bilali mohamed: bilali was an overseer on sapelo island, georgia, where he was known for convincing his fellow slaves not to desert during the war of 1812, and whose master, thomas spaulding, showed his faith in bilali by arming him and his men with guns to defend the island from the british bilali wrote in arabic and was considered a leader of the muslim community in sapelo. 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. A combination of christian and islamic religious beliefs, the geechee culture on sapelo island has remained virtually unchanged, thanks to the island’s geographic isolation.
Bailey lives on georgia's sapelo island, where a small community of blacks can trace their ancestry to bilali mohammed, a muslim slave who was born and raised in what is now the country of guinea. Nanny goat beach,sapelo island, ga, usa sapelo island is speculated to be the site of san miguel de gualdape, the short-lived (1526–27) first european settlement in the present day united states and if true, it would also be the first place in the present-day us that a catholic mass was celebrated[9. 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. 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.
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. Bailey, who visited west africa in 1989, says the african and muslim roots of southern us traditions are often mistaken for something else bailey lives on georgia's sapelo island, where some blacks can trace their ancestry to bilali mohammed, an enslaved muslim who was born and raised in what is now the african nation of guinea. - although islam is often associated with the arab world and the middle east, less than 15% of the worlds muslims are arabs while more than 60% live in asia- indonesia is the most populous muslim country with 203 million muslims, followed by pakistan with 174 million, india 161 million, bangladesh 145 million and egypt 79 million saudi arabia is 16 on the list with 25 million muslims. 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, situated about sixty miles south of savannah, lies in the center of coastal georgia's well-defined chain of barrier islands the 16,500-acre island is georgia's fourth largest and, excepting the 434-acre african american community of hog hammock, is entirely state owned and managed. Bilal muhammad of sapelo island, georgia behavior is the name of a cemetery on sapelo island, georgia within such a name, a southern story cannot be far behind the discreet graveyard plots are landmarks attesting to a tradition of slavery and southern aristocracy. 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.
The bilali muhammad document is a handwritten, arabic manuscript on west african islamic lawit was written in the 19th century by bilali mohammet, an enslaved west african held on sapelo island of georgia the document is held at the hargrett rare book & manuscript library at the university of georgia as part of the francis goulding papers (it is referred to as ben ali materials. How he was captured is unknown, but he was originally taken to an island plantation in the caribbean, and by 1802, he arrived at sapelo island, off the coast of georgia in the southern united states at sapelo island, bilali was fortunate enough to have thomas spalding as a slave owner. 1000s of single men in sapelo island dating signup free and start meeting local sapelo island men on bookofmatchescom.
This research guide is an introduction to resources about muslims in antebellum america, with special focus on the stories of bilali muhammad of sapelo island, georgia and salih bilali (aka tom) of st simons island, georgia. During the war of , muhammad and the eighty muslim men under his leadership protected their master's sapelo island property from a british attack between and , over a hundred american sailors were held for ransom in algiers. Hog hammock public library on sapelo island is the recipient of a bridgingcultures bookshelf award called “muslim journeys” the award is from the national endowment for the humanities and the american library association, and the library is using it to honor bilali muhammad and to tell his american story.