Publishing Organization

Unity Productions Foundation


Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. Prince Among Slaves is based on the book by historian Terry Alford (1977) was conceived, designed, and executive produced by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), and received substantial NEH planning and production funding in 2005 and 2006. The companion website is a rich resource for contextualizing the film and book in American history , as well as addressing contemporary issues of identity and migration.

Type of Resource

Video, Discussion guide, Interactive website, Lesson plan

Topic Category
  • American Muslims
  • Islam and Muslims
  • Islamic history and civilization
  • World history
  • People Making Difference
  • Video
  • Discussion guide
  • Lesson plan
  • Interactive website
Grade Level
  • Middle School
  • High School