[image-1]You may remember Ashley’s Sack — a former slave’s bag discovered at a 2007 Tennessee flea market — its history traced by Central Washington University Professor Mark Auslander. The bag featured an inscription, sewn in needlepoint in 1921 by Ruth Middleton, about Ruth’s grandmother and great grandmother, Ashley and Rose, who were slaves.

We wrote about Ashley’s Sack, owned by Middleton Place and on loan at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, last December. Now, Charlestonians have a chance to learn more about Lowcountry slave mother and daughter, Rose and Ashley, at a talk this Sat. Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-noon at the pavilion at Middleton Place.

Auslander joins Jeff Neale, Middleton Place Foundation’s director of interpretation, along with Carin Bloom, museum programs associate, in a conversation about meaningful objects in your own life and how they connect you to your family and your community.  Attendance is free but registration is required. Call (843) 556-6020 or email rohdgin@middletonplace.org to reserve your spot.

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