Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

15 Feb 2019


February 15 – March 21 2019

Gallery Opening at 4 PM on February 15, 2019 See additional posting on CERIS website

Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, commanders, admirals, architects, prime ministers, and rulers. They have written a story unparalleled in the rest of the world: that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military and political authority.

Known as Habshis (Abyssinians) and Sidis, they have left an impressive historical and architectural legacy that attest to their determination, skills, and intellectual, cultural, military and political savvy.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, retraces—in over 100 photographic reproductions of paintings and contemporary photographs—the lives and achievements of a few of the many talented and prominent Sidis of yesterday.

This exhibition is on loan from the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Event Date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Sponsored By: 
University of Pittsburgh
Sylvia Rhor,
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Target Audience: 
Higher Education
Presenter Type: 
Visiting Scholar/Faculty