Harriet Powers

Harriet Powers was born a slave and lived her whole life near Athens, Georgia, yet her “story quilts” reflect the traditions and style of her West African ancestors, and tell timeless stories for generations of people around the world. Her life was local,but due to her talent and the extraordinary explanations of her work, her impact is global. Harriet was born into slavery on October 29, 1837, near Athens, Georgia. She spent her early life on a plantation owned by John and Nancy Lester in Madison County,where it was typical for young girls to learn to sew from other slaves, or from the mistress of the house. She married at 18 and began a family that would eventually include nine children.

Read a full profile of Powers on the Georgia Women of Achievement website.