This guide serves as a portal into Wilson Special Collections Library material related to the life of Omar ibn Said. Omar ibn Said was born in 1770 in the Futa Toro region of present-day Senegal. He was enslaved in 1807 and brought to the United States, first to Charleston. He escaped to the Fayetteville area of North Carolina in 1810. After his recapture as a runaway, he was sold to James Owen and remained enslaved by the family until his death in 1863. Omar ibn Said was Muslim and wrote a number of manuscripts in Arabic, one being his autobiography of 1831.
While this guide focuses on the unique materials related to Omar ibn Said held by Wilson Special Collections Library, in order to provide full context for understanding his life, it also includes some further information, secondary sources, and other archival collections outside of UNC-Chapel Hill.