Author Talk: Tiya Miles “All That She Carried, The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake”

Raleigh, North Carolina
Saturday October 22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Author Talk: Tiya Miles
All That She Carried, The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, A Black Family Keepsake

Thursday, October 27, 2022
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Auditorium, James B. Hunt Jr. Library
(1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27606)

Please join NCSU for a reading, talk, and Q&A with award-winning historian Tiya Miles.

Dr. Tiya Miles is a MacArthur Fellow, Harvard Professor of History, and National Book Award winner for the nonfiction book, All That She Carried. In this book, Dr. Miles traces the story of a family keepsake–a small cotton sack– that was handed down for three generations and embroidered with a family history in 1921. Using this object, known as Ashley’s sack, as a catalyst, she pieces together the fragmentary archival information about the object and its history to tell a sweeping story about the resiliency of Black motherhood in the antebellum American South through the Jim Crow era.

All That She Carried will be available for purchase and signing on-site.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

It is recommended that you register now to reserve your space. There is a lot of interest in hearing Dr. Miles’ presentation.

Contact Marian Fragola at with any questions.

Presented by the NC State University Libraries, the Department of Art + Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, the African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the MFA program in creative writing.