Artifacts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture: Background information when reading All That She Carried

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All That She Carried

The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

by Tiya Miles

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Artifacts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Ashley's Sack The three-tiered National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. embraces the rich history of slaves and their descendants. The museum opened in 2016, displaying thousands of artifacts illustrating the experience of the unfree, and the emancipated, including Ashley's Sack (which will be on display next at the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina), the history of which is covered by Tiya Miles in the book All That She Carried. The achievements of African American scholars, entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes, musicians, writers and politicians, plus the objects that reflected their experience and memory, lined the upper tiers of the Yoruba-inspired building.

Ashley's Sack, one of the most popular exhibits, had a box of Kleenex placed near it. The item given to nine-year-old Ashley by her mother before she was sold brought many to tears, particularly the wording embroidered on it by Ashley's granddaughter, Ruth: "...

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