DALLAS — An archive of documents from the founding and early decades of the Nation of Islam has been pulled from auction over an ownership dispute.
Heritage Auctions spokesman Eric Bradley says the archive that was set for auction Thursday in Dallas has been withdrawn “pending a satisfactory resolution” of the dispute.
The archive, which was estimated to sell for $500,000, includes meeting notes, correspondence from followers, letters, lesson plans and speech notes. The black separatist religious movement traces its origins to 1930 in Detroit.
The archive was put up for auction by the family of Burnsteen Sharrieff Muhammad, who served as secretary for Nation of Islam founder W.D. Fard.
Elijah Muhammad took over the leadership in 1934. On Saturday, Heritage Auctions will be offering up items that once belonged to him.