Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

Exhibition Dates
February 15 – March 21 2019
Exhibition Location
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

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. 

Related Public Programs: 

Friday, February 15, 4-7pm
Exhibition Opening and Reception
Introduction by Kenneth X. Robbins, Omar H. Ali, and Jazmin Graves 

Friday, February 22, 11am -5pm
Symposia on African Diasporas in the Indian Ocean
Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning 602 

Tuesday, March 5, 4-5:30pm
Gallery Conversation: Mobility and Exchange 
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building

Monday, March 18, 5-8pm
Closing Reception and Film Screening, From Africa to India: Sidi from the Indian Ocean Diaspora
University Art Gallery 

Tours in English and Spanish provided upon request. Please email for more information.