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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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All That She Carried by Tiya Miles
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    Jun 2021, 416 pages

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A powerful example of lineage and love.

For Rose of Charleston, South Carolina, it was an ordinary day until it wasn't. When it turned out that Ashley, Rose's beloved nine-year-old daughter and only child, was about to be sold, Rose went to work quickly. She assembled items for Ashley's relocation, laying them inside a cotton sack. The battered bag would be the last thing Rose touched that her daughter would know. It would change hands for the following 90 years, an inheritance from one generation to the next, a symbol of love and survivorship, slavery and family separation. For five years, Ashley's Sack would hang in a basement gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (see Beyond the Book). In 2022, its display is expected at the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

The story of the old cloth and its ancestral meaning is told in All That She ...

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