African-American Folk Artist Harriet Powers Was Born
October 29, 1837
What are your favorite ways to tell a story? Some people write their stories; others act them out in plays or dances. Harriet Powers quilted her stories.
African-American folk artist Harriet Powers was born into slavery in rural Georgia on October 29, 1837. She used her quilts to record local historical legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events, using a traditional appliqué technique--stitching cut-out shapes of fabric onto the quilt.
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