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Harriet Powers: A quilter's legacy

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Harriet Powers, "Pictorial quilt." (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Harriet Powers, "Pictorial quilt." (Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Harriet Powers lived in Georgia in the 1800s and is considered to be at the forefront of the African American story quilt tradition. Only two of her quilts survived — and they were recently exhibited together for the first time.

Powers' great-great-great grandaughter, Alyse Minter, visited the exhibit and talks about what the quilts mean for her family history. WBUR's Amelia Mason reports.

Alyse Minter, a descendent of Harriet Powers, contemplates Powers' Bible Quilt on display in the MFA's exhibit "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Alyse Minter, a descendent of Harriet Powers, contemplates Powers' Bible Quilt on display in the MFA's exhibit "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories." (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

This segment aired on January 27, 2022.

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Amelia Mason Senior Arts & Culture Reporter
Amelia Mason is an arts and culture reporter and critic for WBUR.

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