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This Day in Georgia History

October 07, 1897

Elijah Poole (Muhammad) Born

Elijah Poole, son of former slaves, was born in Sandersville, Georgia. He would later move to Detroit and change his name to Elijah Muhammad and become the leader of a black separatist religion known as the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims). He died in Chicago on Feb. 25, 1975 at age 77.

To view a video of Elijah Muhammad speaking, see the Digital Library of Georgia.