TEACHING OUR YOUTH THEIR HISTORY
1857 Africans Knitting
HAND KNITTING - By David H Strother
Virginia Illistrated - New York: 1857
In the 19th century, hand knitting remained a necessity for African American slaves.
Staples such as socks, stockings, and other warm apparel monopolized their needles.
However, accounts and newspaper advertisements of runaway slaves describe in great detail the
unique designs and colors of their knit apparel, illistrating some influence of fancy work's popularity.