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Our History, Black History: Mansa Musa, the Wealthiest Man in the World


February 13, 2020

There’s an old adage that says, “You never know where you are going unless you know where you have been.”

In the spirit of Black history month, the Monroe Dispatch will highlight stories and history of Black people that are not commonly known.

In 1312, a man by the name of Musa became Emperor of the Mali Empire. Given the Mansa, meaning “King” he went on to have a glorious reign. Mansa Musa was thought to be an extremely intelligent man, knowledgeable in Arabic and many other various subjects. He was a devote Muslim and was known as the first Muslim ruler in West Africa t...

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