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Mourning Embroidery

Heard, Minerva
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
silk on silk –silk thread –ribbon –watercolor –ink –silk
HOA (With frame) 19 7/8; WOA 22 1/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Silk on silk mourning embroidery. Clouds in background, face of figure, arms and stole are painted. Inscriptions in ink . The inscription on the oval reads: “Until/ I join Thy Spirit/ in the Skies/ Oh! Father, dear/ I’ll daily grieve/ Still will I watch/ Thy Grave/ with dewy Eyes/ And teach/ the earliest Roses/ here to live!” On the tombstone is written:”AAH/Departed/ June 3/ 1822 .” Original glass with reverse painting black and gold border. Measurements provided above are for the overall size of the object including frame. The sight size of the silk is 15″ wide and 12 3/ 4″ High; with the painted glass border, the size is 17 3/8″ Wide and 15″ High.
Minerva Ann (b. 1806) was born in Morgan County, Georgia, to Abraham and Nancy Coffee Heard. The family moved to McMinn County, Tennessee, and according to tradition, Minerva Ann arrived at the school in May of 1822 with a personal slave who came to care for her. The embroidery memorializes her father who died in June of 1822, just one month after Minerva entered the school.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Miller