Posted by Martin Myrone on June 27th, 2022.
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“Art enthusiasts have an opportunity to see a rare oil painting which forms the highlight of our Black History Month programme. The 18th Century portrait, on special loan from London’s National Portrait Gallery, shows a freed slave called Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and is the earliest known British painting of a black African Muslim.
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery – which will give it a starring role in Black History Month – is one of only three venues chosen to show the historically significant work which, for the first time in British art, presented an African as an individual and an equal.” (The Journal (Newcastle), 25 September 2012)