Martha’s Choice.

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina possesses two quilts made by women who were once enslaved. Mary Barnes of Wilson created “Martha’s Choice” between 1875 and her death in 1902.

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Mary Barnes, “Martha’s Choice”

Photo courtesy of the blog maintained by North Carolina Connecting to Collections, an outreach program of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Please read their article on the myth of “slave codes” on quilts.

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