The Beautiful Necessaries: Quilts in 19th Century African American life.

Fascinating exposure to the powers of quilting and women’s creative lives in African American communities.



“Control of the finished product becomes a metaphor for self-emancipation.”                                                                                                                                             Breena  Clarke

Through the lens of her brilliantly engaging novel, STAND THE STORM, Breena Clarke talks about textiles, quilting and enslavement.

View one of Harriet Powers’ stunning quilts:

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Discussing the African American experience in 19th Century Washington, D.C. Breena Clarke shares insights about the characters of STAND THE STORM.

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