What is it about?

This small portrait will always be of interest and value to society. The article comments on the ways the visual language of Christianity stamped out this man's Muslim faith, in order to support the white version of abolitionism based in New York City. Written during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the article integrates visual looking via digital resources on the same subject.

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Why is it important?

The painting connects the United States to the history of enslavement and Africa, and connects the past to the present. The subject of this portrait is a man who changed history through his words and actions, but the image most closely associated to him negates the primacy of his Muslim faith.


This issue of the Muslim World journal is filled with case studies investigating visual images of the 19th century and their legacies.

Laura Macaluso

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This page is a summary of: A Digital Reading of the  Sengbe Pieh  Portrait in the Covid‐19 Era, The Muslim World, July 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/muwo.12341.
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