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“Hurry up! Hurry up!” Ann Lowe wanted to tell her mama. Ann had an idea she could hardly wait to try. Instead, Ann watched silently as her mama cut out the pieces of rose-colored silk she would sew together. She was making a fancy party dress for the wife of the governor of Alabama. Ann’s mother could not afford to make a mistake. Silk was expensive. And black seamstresses had to do exceptional work or white ladies wouldn’t hire them.