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Adornment Program

An interpreter will talk about the different ways that African women in 18th and 19th century America used adornments such as headwraps, waist beads, necklaces, rings and charms to hold onto their West African cultures. Participants will be able to handle touch objects and enjoy a one-on-one interaction with an experienced historical interpreter.  The interpreter will also walk child participants through a necklace making craft.

A Story in the Threads: The Clothing of Enslaved Women in the Antebellum South

What was the difference between the clothing of enslaved black women and free white women during the Antebellum period? 
Discover what enslaved women were wearing and how their culture, circumstances and creativity impacted their clothing. Find out the clues left behind that help us to understand what they were wearing

Headwraps of African Women in America Lecture

A presenter will give a lecture on headwraps found among both free and enslaved African Women in America from the 18th to 19th century. Attendees will learn how headwraps changed from region to region, and the cultural and historical significance of styles. Attendees will be able to view and handle the different fabrics that were avalible to these women.  

Lectures and Programs

Start the conversation on slavery at your site through a lecture or hands on program on material culture with an experienced historical interpreter and museum educator.  These programs are perfect for Historic Sites, Museums, Conferences and Special Events.