Carol Tucker is the great-granddaughter of the late Fannie Bonner, the first "free-born" African in Lincoln County, Tenn., where she was born on a plantation in 1863, the week the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. (She passed away in 1968 at 105 in her hometown of Canton, Ohio).
As a seamstress, Tucker feels sewing with African textiles is the thread that connects her to both her heritage and family's history.
"I'm really into my heritage, and when I use African fabrics, I feel close to where I came from, and that's a good feeling," relates Tucker, who recalls meeting her great-grandmother as a young child.
She makes chic berets and matching scarves with mudcloth and other fabrics... read on!