Job, Son of Solliman Dgiallo, High Priest of Bonda in the Country of Foota, Africa; Willam Ansah Sessarakoo, Son of John Bannishee Corrantee Ohinnee, of Anamaboe
The first portrait is of Job Ben Solomon (c. 1701—1773), also known as Ayuba Suleiman Diallo. He was Muslim, literate in Arabic and a slave owner. He was Fulbe (or Fulani, Peule) and born in Bundu in the Fuuta Jallon in the Senegambia region. On a trade mission hundreds of miles from his homeland to sell two enslaved people to the British, he was captured, sold to an English captain and shipped from the Gambia River to Annapolis, Maryland, where he worked on tobacco farms for about a year. After, he went to England and ultimately found employment with the Royal African Company in Gambia, where he died in 1773 at about 72 years old. The second portrait is of William Ansah Sessarakoo (c. 1736–1770) was Fante and born in Annamaboe in the Voltaic region. His father, John Correntee, was the head of Annamaboe's government. He was enslaved and taken to Barbados. See also images I019 for more information on Job Ben Solomon and I028 for William Ansah Sessarakoo.
Gentleman's Magazine (June, 1750), vol. 20, facing p. 272. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
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