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Within a strawberry vine border, a text:
In Christ Jesus there is neither bond nor free that He came to let the oppressed
go free and to break every yoke All who fear god and work righteous
of whatever naion (sic) color or clime shall be accepted of him May God reward
the Benefactors and forgive the enemies of Africa's children. Many
daughters have done virtuously but may we remembering our peculiar obligations excel them all.
Blest be the grace which moved the feeling heart
To plead the cause of man and break his chains
Blest be the men who taught the heavenly art
To banish slav'ry's bonds from freedoms plains
Let Afric's (sic) daughters feel the grateful ties
Which bind then to reward their Patrons care
By striving to obtain the noble prize
Of praise on earth and heav'n's bright crown to wear

This is a sampler from United States. It is dated 1803 and we acquired it in 1981. Bequest of Gertrude M. Oppenheimer. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

medium: silk embroidery on linen foundation technique: embroidered in cross stitch on plain weave foundation

Its dimensions are

H x W: 28 x 42.5cm (11 x 16 3/4 in.)

It is inscribed

New York African Free School April 5th 1803 Mary Emiston

This object was student at New York African Free School and embroidered by Mary Emiston

This object was bequest of Gertrude M. Oppenheimer

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