Heirlooms are powerful items full of ancestral energy. During slavery, enslaved Africans possessed little, but what they did own they cherished.
To give an heirloom to someone showed deep love. A powerful example of this is “Ashley’s Sack.”
Over time Ashley‘s kit became an heirloom. Her granddaughter, Ruth, embroidered the sack the kit came in:
“‘My great grandmother Rose/ mother of Ashley gave her this sack when/ she was sold at age 9 in South Carolina/ it held a tattered dress 3 handfulls of/ pecans a braid of Roses hair. Told her/ It be filled with my Love always/ She never saw her again/ Ashley is my grandmother’—Ruth Middleton/ 1921.”
Our community and experiences matter. If you don’t have heirlooms, you can choose items you’d like to pass down - items should be reflective of your journey, lineage, or spiritual energy. What parts of your life can you share with those you love?