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"tia miles" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM
"What objects have been passed down in your family history I have an old letter my grandmother in China wrote to her missionary friends in America a 102 years ago These things are filled with history and with meaning While a simple cotton sack is the subject of a book that won the national book award for nonfiction last year This act dates back to the slave auction block in Charleston South Carolina circa 1850 as best the experts can tell And a few lines stitched on the bag weaved together three women Their lives their generations their love their loss The book is all that she carried The journey of Ashley sacked a black family keepsake and it's now in paperback The author is Tia miles a historian at Harvard and we talked to her back in November So can I just start by reading the words that are embroidered onto this bag which is still around Yes In honor to read them My great grandmother rose Mother of Ashley gave her this sack when she was sold at age 9 in South Carolina It held a tattered dress three handfuls of pecans a braid of rose's hair Told her it be filled with my love always She never saw her again Ashley is my grandmother Ruth Middleton 1921 Wow And we're going to talk about Ruth and rose and Ashley I first want to ask you what is it about this object this story that captivated you to do so much historical sleuthing into the story Well the object itself is unique and the beautiful and moving and mysterious When a person sees it for the first time I think they just fall into the story as sad as it is and also into the recognition that despite the drama that occurred generations in the past the family did survive They did pass down this object which was a testament to their love Yeah Yeah well let's talk about these women First of all rose Were you able to identify rose and her daughter Ashley in the records you were coming through I was able to identify her to what I think is a very near best guess argument And I was fortunate in this task to be following in the footsteps of an anthropologist named Mark Alexander who also traced this family Now there are not a lot of records about rose or bout Ashley and this is often the case when it comes to enslaved people enslaved women in the antebellum period So we can only come so far to absolute certainty but I think that we have nearly gotten there She determined that rose was more than likely enslaved in Charleston South Carolina in the 1850s and that she and Ashley would have been separated at that time Yeah and the suggestion is or the I guess perhaps the historical inference is that rose handed this down to her daughter Ashley At the auction block or around that time before they were separated I've read that a number of people who have seen the sack on display at the national museum of African American history and other places they begin weeping when they saw the sack Have you talked to people who have become overcome with emotion Yes I have had the chance to talk with people who saw Ashley sack on display and with curators who have worked with the object and also I've heard from readers of my book who've talked about their reaction to it And the story is so seemingly simple that I think it goes right to the heart of people's own feelings and thoughts about their relationships So one person told me about what it had been like to be an adoptive parent actually and how seeing the sack and reading my book helped him to think about that initial separation of his adoptive child from there birth mother I've had that same thought Adoptive parent And particularly on that anniversary that comes every year We kind of visit that And our thoughts on that Now let's talk about the sack and the items that were inside You describe these items as bearers of memory and information So let's talk about them There's a tattered dress three handfuls of pecans a braid of rose's hair the mother's hair Why is the hair especially significant you think The hair significant in so many ways especially with regard to African American culture and African diasporic culture In the most basic sense the hair which was a braid very important again culturally almost function like a memento because it was in a way a visual and tactile representation of rose herself Ashley's mother And black hair has often been denigrated and maligned in American culture So there's an additional layer of meaning here which is indicative of uplifting those aspects of ourselves that have actually been subjugated in American culture That comes through this gift of the braid There are also spiritual and religious implications having to do with the braid because pieces of hair could be used in African derived religious ceremonies among enslaved people As you describe it I just think it's so humanizes what can be a dehumanizing chapter in time And then there's the tattered dress and you write that before there was a printing press clothing and weaving and other textile work was a way for women to preserve history so what's preserved here People have used clothing across the millennia to communicate with one another about social status about religious beliefs about the ideas of themselves that they hope to project to others And so this dress that we know rose packed for Ashley was participating in that kind of rich deep complicated cultural communication Yeah There's rose the mother during the period of slavery and the daughter And then of course Ruth who lived in the 20th century she stitched those words on the bag that you read What do we know about Ruth and how she recovered the sack Ruth was the artist She was the person who got the story down onto not a page per se but on to you a piece of fabric We can infer from the inscription that Ruth heard this story that it was passed down through.
"tia miles" Discussed on Daily Detroit
"Yesterday show I talked about statues and listeners have chimed in with suggestions already sven. We love that so I up from cat. I'm thinking we should recommend Elizabeth. Denison I read the dawn of Detroit by Tia Miles two summers ago, and was so inspired by the book and Elizabeth. I live in midtown overlooked the more midtown three plus acres project. Yes, building was. was supposed to go there, but greenspace would be so much better and cat envisioned a statue of Denison right in the park there. If you don't know Elizabeth Denison forth was born a slave, and died in eighteen, sixty six, she was both emancipated among the first black women to own property in Michigan, and the first land and Oakland County. She also left behind. Behind enough money to build a church where poor and rich folks could worship together, that's on grow seal, and that's Saint James, Episcopal, church and most recently. She is also a member of the Michigan Women's hall of fame. Which you know after so many years I'd say about damn time, but glad to see that Another one is from Joan straight up. Up aretha Franklin makes perfect sense. A lot of folks talked about like the motown. San Guy absolutely well. That's kind of what I've gone to. I mean like somebody like Marvin Gaye or stevie wonder, maybe the supremes. motown would be an a really obvious choice. You know kind of a nod to the city's rich musical legacy I also thought about Austin sweet. Kind of a dark story, but you know you there I think there bieb interesting way to kind of tell that he was an African American physician who bought a home? It's over. It's still standing today on the east side of Detroit and his white neighbors famously essentially formed a mob and started lobbing. Rocks and and shooting guns into the house because they were so unhappy that. Their neighborhood was being invaded by by a black family. Essentially well, that was super common back in those times. I, remember my Dad, even like my dad's generation, talking about how a black family moved into a neighborhood within a week, somebody would get a pickup truck and just pull the Portuguese off. As just common back then. Yeah, yeah, absolutely, and then I also thought you know frankly with all the efforts around kind renaming what used to be called Harmony Park in downtown Detroit as Paradise Valley Black Bottom. It'd be good to have something marking that former African American neighborhood, which essentially is today is now paved over by three, seventy, five, and I seventy five in Detroit. Detroit but this was a vibrant neighborhood. The city called it slums, but there were there were thriving black owned businesses pharmacies, the hospitals there were record stores entertainment venues theaters a very important neighborhood in Detroit's history. Oh, for sure and one of the places I think about that. Remember when we interviewed Marsha Battle Philpott force the I think was the Aretha it was. Yet episode Yup after Retha. passed away, so her dad owned Joe's record shop, and so that would be a great place to commemorate and kind of tie in with his music history. Be Kind of an on ramp for folks I think a lot of people still need. I mean I remember we did that. Three seventy five piece I was stunned with how many people did not know the history of the black bottom, and I three seventy five, and that sort of thing. I was stunned by the reaction that TV..