Monday, April 28, 2014

Back in Time to the 1840s

Deborah just turned up this wonderful video about a piece of needlepoint dating from the 1840s, creating by a little girl in a Baltimore Catholic girls school exclusively for African-American girls.  Looking back in time we tend to think blacks in this country were all slaves before the Civil War, but the reality was much more complex.  This little girl was obviously from a prosperous family who wanted their daughter to have the best education possible, including mastery of her needle.

The piece is part of the Bayou Bend Collection and Garden, which is part of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

Thanks for the great find, Deborah!

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