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Powers, Harrietlocked

(b nr Athens, GA, Oct 29, 1837; d Athens, GA, Jan 1, 1910).
  • Margaret Moore Booker

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African American quiltmaker. Born into slavery on a plantation near Athens, GA, Powers is known today as the finest African American quiltmaker of the late 19th–early 20th century. Drawing upon narrative folk tradition, Powers recorded in fabric the sermons and stories she had heard living in the South. Following her emancipation, Powers lived with her husband, Armstead Powers, and their children on a farm in the Sandy Creek region of Clarke County, GA. In ...

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