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African American Quilt Heritage

...the New York Foundation's grant to the [Freedom Quilting Bee] Cooperative [in Alabama] was used towards the construction of a new sewing building, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Sewing Center. Prior to its construction, the quilters worked in small, cramped cabins such as the one pictured here. (Just Look At That Indiana Puzzle Quilt!) xxxx

New York Foundation Records: the Freedom Quilting Bee Cooperative

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Rachel Clark: professional quilter, designer coats.

Anna Williams, quilter from Baton Rouge LA, using her bed as her layout table.

Anna Williams - quilt artist from Baton Rouge, LA

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The Invention of Wings - Harriet Powers quilt - American Folk Art @ Cooperstown: Encountering God at the MFA

American Folk Art @ Cooperstown: Encountering God at the MFA

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Nora Ezell (90) winner of a National Endowment of the Arts award for her quilts honoring the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights era in Alabama, and the saga of the American Indian, among others. Ezell's quilts were bold statements of creative freedom. A self-taught artist, she used mixed media and vibrant colors, often working without patterns. Nora Ezell, died Sept. 6, 2007, at age 88, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Life In Legacy - Week of September 8, 2007

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NETTIE YOUNG, 92, the last surviving original member of the Gee's Bend quilting bee, speaks about how the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT was wrapped in the fabric of these quilts. THE FREEDOM QUILTING BEE was born in 1966, during the last years of the movement. "Y'all don't know where I came from, and I want people to know where I came from," she said. "I enjoyed it - I really did. I thank GOD from what I've come through. If y'all don't know what BLESSED is, this is BLESSED."

African American abstract quilt. Attributed to Lucy Mooney, Gees Bend, Alabama, Circa 1930-40.

a day in an artists life....: the freedom quilting bee...

a day in an artists life....: the freedom quilting bee...

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QUILTING in AFRICA was largely done by men. In America, quilting was done mainly by female slaves who would often piece scraps & rags given to them or discarded by plantation owners into blankets to sleep on or cover their families in the winter months. (CITATIONS: 1.Life of the Pacific Northwest American Quilters Circle. Tacoma Art Museum Recording. 2008. 2.Kyra. Black Threads Blog. 3.Wahlman. Signs and Symbols. NY: Penguin, 1993)

Black Threads: African American Quilting Guilds Online

Black Threads: African American Quilting Guilds Online

blackthreads.blogspot.com

Waiting for the freedom train: African American Quilt Guild of Oakland.

Go See The Quilt Display at Main San Leandro Library

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