Job Ben Solomon, or Ayuba Suleiman Diallo
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, better known as Job Ben Solomon, was a Fulbe Muslim from the present-day region of Senegal. He was captured and sold to English slave traders after returning from a trading expedition in which he, himself, intended to sell two slaves to the same English traders. Solomon embarked on the slave vessel ""Arabella"", in 1731, sailing from the Gambia to Maryland where he worked as a slave in tobacco farms for about a year. Because of his skills in Arabic writing, he moved to England where he was subsequently employed in the Royal African Company in Gambia. Job Ben Solomon remained in the Gambia until he died in 1773. The image shows, in black and white engravings, a detail of a page from the Gentleman’s Magazine in which a picture of Job Ben Solomon was published in 1750. The image is reproduced courtesy of the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.