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"Thank you for displaying the quilt. It is an important item of heritage, not only for black Americans, but for all Americans. It shows the slaves' internalized master-taught dependence on the Bible and on Christianity; it shows great artisan-ship, ingenuity, and use of materials. It shows the intrepid power of creativity and the will to document something that Harriet deemed very important, and was willing to spend a good amount of time and energy to create. I like to think it provided escape and solace. And yes, of course I think it's important to know that she was a former slave, for it gives a bigger and stronger meaning to the quilt's existence. "