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Walls Talking: Mulatto Ex-Slave in Her House Near Greensboro, Alabama
Keisha Roberts
San Fransisco, California
Mixed media techniques
15” x 19”
MSUM 2008:160.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

"Born into a social system that deemed her and millions like her chattel, the nameless, formerly enslaved woman in the central image of this quilt endured what seems unendurable. If her walls could talk, perhaps they would tell us how she fought to outlive a system that owned her life, then struggled through the dark years that followed to build a home and a future."

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