Volume 1, Number 3 May 17, 2004
Albany, GA: "The Egypt of America"
by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad
On Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004 The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan burned the note on the Nation’s 1600 acre farm in "Terrible" Terrell County Georgia. The Nation of Islam acquired the farm in December of 1994 as a result of contributions from the Three Year Economic Savings Program. I was put on post as the Farm Manager in February of 1995.
After struggling here for a while and interacting with both the local Blacks and whites, I began to wonder why Minister Farrakhan would want us to purchase a farm in this "God forsaken part of America"? I say "God forsaken" because of the excessive heat, the swarms of gnats and mosquitoes, worn out soil, uncontrollable weeds, and most distressing, the worn out people.
I ran into so many Black people that would just as soon tell you a lie than give you a kind greeting. I really was looking for a way to gracefully bow out of the daunting task of trying to farm. Almost every worker that I hired had a parole officer and stayed in and out of the county jail where their slave labor was used to fix the county’s dirt roads and make the county look "civilized" in case visitors passed through.
I was so intrigued about the level of "spiritual" destruction of the Black people in the county that in 1997 I asked the Terrell High School principle why did the Blacks lie so much. He said that Terrell County was once the home of the worst slave owners in Georgia. They were crooks and liars and taught their slaves to be the same.
This intrigued me to do more research which produced some eye opening roots of the present problem in this area of Southwest Georgia. W. E. B. Dubois wrote of Albany, GA and Dougherty County in his "Souls of Black Folk". Terrell County borders western Dougherty County. Muhammad Farms sits about 19 miles from Albany. Here are some exerts from Dubois:
"At Albany, in the heart of the Black Belt, we stop. Two hundred miles south of Atlanta, two hundred miles west of the Atlantic, and one hundred miles north of the Great Gulf lies Dougherty County, with ten thousand Negroes and two thousand whites…
For a radius of a hundred miles about Albany, stretched a great fertile land, luxuriant with forests of pine, oak, ash, hickory, and poplar; hot with the sun and damp with the rich black swamp-land; and here the corner-stone of the Cotton Kingdom was laid…
Dougherty County is the west end of the Black Belt, and men once called it the Egypt of the Confederacy…
Day after day the clank of chained feet marching from Virginia and Carolina to Georgia was heard in these rich swamp lands. Day after day the songs of the callous, the wail of the motherless, and the muttered curses of the wretched echoed from the Flint to the Chickasaw- hatchee, until by 1860 there had risen in West Dougherty perhaps the richest slave kingdom the modern world ever knew. A hundred and fifty barons commanded the labor of nearly six thousand Negroes, held sway over farms with ninety thousand acres tilled land, valued even in times of cheap soil at three millions of dollars. Twenty thousand bales of ginned cotton went yearly to England, New and Old; and men that came there bankrupt made money and grew rich. In a single decade the cotton output increased four-fold and the value of lands was tripled. It was the heyday of the nouveau riche, and a life of careless extravagance among the masters…
‘This land was a little Hell,’ said a ragged, brown, and grave- faced man to me. We were seated near a roadside blacksmith shop, and behind was the bare ruin of some master's home. ‘I've seen niggers drop dead in the furrow, but they were kicked aside, and the plough never stopped. Down in the guard-house, there's where the blood ran…’
With such foundations a kingdom must in time sway and fall. The masters moved to Macon and Augusta, and left only the irresponsible overseers on the land…
This was indeed the Egypt of the Confederacy,--the rich granary whence potatoes and corn and cotton poured out to the famished and ragged Confederate troops as they battled for a cause lost long before 1861. Sheltered and secure, it became the place of refuge for families, wealth, and slaves."
Further research revealed that even up to 1909 Albany was not only called the "Egypt of the Confederacy" but also the "Egypt of America" (Glancing Backwards: Albany, Georgia 1836-1986).. Therefore this area continues to boast of its similarity to the Biblical Egypt with her legacy of brutal slavery.
Minister Louis Farrakhan in a speech entitled "Out of Egypt have I called my son" given in Atlanta, Ga. on April 25, 2004 taught us that the story of the slavery of the Children of Israel in Egypt was not history but "allegory". He said that the real Egyptian people don’t know anything about such a history. However, since the Bible and Holy Qur'an both mention this story, there must be something important in it that we need to study.
So if the story of the enslavement of the Children of Israel is not history then it must be prophesy. Who then fulfills such a prophesy? The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that the Black people of America are indeed the real Children of Israel and America is both the Egypt and "Mystery Babylon" of the Bible. Our 400 hundred year enslavement and affliction fulfills the prophesy of the seed Abraham as written in Genesis. Black people of America and not the so-called Jews are the "Chosen People".
"13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. (Genesis, 15:13-14)"
But I here you saying, "But the Bible says that the Jews were enslaved in Egypt." In our next article we shall show you that even according to the Bible, the Jews were neither in Egypt for 400 years, nor were they afflicted for 400 years. We will use your Bible to prove this. We will also show you why the Supreme Court decision on "Brown vs the Board of Education" came about on May 17, 1954.
The evil slave masters of Dougherty, Terrell and the other counties surrounding Albany have unwittingly fulfilled the prophesies in the Bible and now it is time for those so afflicted to unite and come out with "great substance." With the burning of the mortgage, the light of Islam and the "Spirit of Truth" has gained a firm foothold in Southwest Georgia, the "Egypt of America".