From 2016 until earlier this year, the artifact now known as Ashley’s sack had been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; it was on loan from Middleton Place in South Carolina, where so many viewers started weeping when they saw it that curators handed out tissues beside its display.

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Congratulations to Tiya Miles, author of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, the 2021 National Book Award winner for Nonfiction.

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

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Photo courtesy of Middleton Place National Historic Landmark House Museum