National Museum of African American History and Culture
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The social meaning encoded into braids’ multiple layers brings with it centuries of accumulated information, beliefs, and practices. Braiding operates as a bridge spanning the distance between the past, present, and future. It creates a tangible, material thread connecting people often separated by thousands of miles and hundreds of years.