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Linen Sheet, circa 1835

Item

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Title

Linen Sheet, circa 1835

Description

According to family narrative, this bed sheet was made by an enslaved weaver using flax that was grown on Dabney Carr Overton's farm in Fayette County, Kentucky. In 1830, Overton enslaved thirty-two persons, including twenty female children and adults. Enslaved women were skilled spinners, weavers, and seamstresses, whose skills provided comfort for the families that enslaved them.

Source

1935.4, Museum Collection, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky

Date

Format

Identifier

1935.4

Coverage

Citation

Enslaved weaver on Dabney Carr Overton's plantation, “Linen Sheet, circa 1835,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed March 3, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5840.