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Mary Stanley
Mary Stanley • 1 year ago

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."

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Lucy Mingo of Gees Bend with one of her graphic quilts. This woman is a Picasso of quilting, like some of the other women in Gees Bend. It's like a fountain of genius in that town.

2005 | ARLONZIA PETTWAY, right, works on her quilt with Mary McCarthy, a civil rights worker who lived in Gee's Bend for many years. (Globe Staff Photo / Michele McDonald)

"In 2008, I returned to Gees Bend that had become famous, primarily because of its quilters. Art dealers discovered the quilts in the early 1970's, and they became collectors’ items. The quilts are now displayed in museums instead of warming walls and covering beds in drafty shanties where we had seen them in 1965. Despite the national attention, nearly 40% of the seven hundred souls in Gees Bend still live below the poverty line."-Maria Gitin, (third from left) Author, Civil Rights Veteran.

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