Shakti Power: Harriet Powers


Born into slavery in Georgia in 1837, Harriet Powers became known as one of the greatest Southern textile artists in United States history. Throughout her life Powers used intricate quilts to tell stories, stitching stunning and elaborate images from Bible stories, myths, and celestial phenomena while also drawing on West African artistic traditions. Only two of her quilts survive today; one is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the other at Boston’s Museum.

“You are a sweet soul who weaves together the hopes and dreams of humanity into an inspiring vision of unity, harmony and shared destiny.”


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