Her Crowning Glory
With emancipation came many new outlooks for black women, and looking their best when worshipping became a big part of that perspective. Hats were considered a way to honor God. As a fashion deeply rooted in African tradition, they became an article with both spiritual and cultural significance.
Fancy headwear, customarily, were considered a woman's "crown" and it symbolized triumph over hardship. From the very simple to the big and bold, women worshipping in hats is a tradition that has been passed down through generation. They bring a dignity to those who wear them, and make an important statement about what means to be a black church-going woman in America.