Quilt Exhibit Photos: Exhibit at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black
History in Augusta, Georgia. The exhibit combined antique quilts with quilts
made by local quilters.
Crazy Quilt: In the collection of the Carson House in Old Fort, North
Quilt: Florida, early 20th century - recycled wool fabric
African-American Quilts: This site shows examples of quilts in all
categories - historical, traditional and contemporary. Click on the buttons in
the left frame to view, then click on quilt displayed in the main window for
Quilts: This site by Maude Wahlman shows pictures of the following quilters
along with an image of one of their quilts: Mozell Benson; Arrester Earl; Joanna
Petway; Plummer T Pettway; Pearlie Posey; Lucinder Toomer; Pecolia Warner; Susie
Ponds; Sarah Mary Taylor; and Martha Jane Pettway.
Quilts are Part Art Form, Part Practical Need, all Part of Tradition: Review
of an exhibit at the COCA Gallery. It includes an image of a 1981 quilt by
Pearlie Posey, "Everybody Quilt".
Quilts of Alabama: Flowers Without Roots?: An article by Robert Cargo about
the Gees Bend quilt collection he donated to the International Quilt Study
Center of the University of Nebraska.
Fabric: Newspaper review of a 1998 exhibit in Iowa. Arester Earl, Hystercine
Rankin, Aretha White and Rose Marsh are mentioned as having work in the exhibit.
Most of the article is an interview with the curator, Maude
Memory: This site documents recorded interviews that are part of the
American Folklife Center collection. One African-American quilter is included,
Mrs. Donna Choate of Sparta, NC, who was interviewed September 25, 1978. On this
page, type Donna Choate into the SEARCH box and you will have access to the
first 20 files of information about Mrs. Choate - most are short tape recorded
segments of her interview which you can listen to online and in which she talks
about quilts and quilting (the transcript of each recording is there for reading
as well). Several files are of pictures of her and some of her work (clickable
for close-up views). Click the "Next Page" button for access to files
Her quilts are exciting! It is also her work that Nancy Crow acknowledges has
been the bedrock of her own designs. On this site you can read a biography and
view several of Anna's quilts.
Applique Quilt: This is an absolutely exquisite quilt made by an ex-slave in
Baltimore at the turn of the century. Owned by Gladys Marie-Fry, it was featured
on the PBS Antiques Roadshow. The site tells about the quilt and asks the viewer
to participate in its appraisal by asking you to respond to a series of four
questions. Images are clickable for excellent close-up views of details.
Inventive Quilts Of Gee's Bend To Be Shown At The Whitney Museum – Review
of the exhibit.
Clark: Chris is a self-taught folk artist. This link will take you to a site
where you can access many close-up views of Chris Clark's work. His art takes
many forms, including painted, hand-sewn quilts, often depicting biblical
scenes. He is now hailed as one of the south's premier visionary artists. Other
sites with information about him and/or his work include:
Shows several images of his with a link to his biography.
Clark:Another site with a brief biography and quilt images
Hunter: Clementine is a self-taught folk artist. Although her primary
interest was painting, she also quilted. This is an article in Rawvision
Magazine about her life and work.
Poem: This is a poem about Clementine Hunter. There is no
indication about who wrote it.
Work Chronicles Early 20th Century Plantation Life: Article about her with
of Book about Her: "…She was a worldly woman too, with a
wicked sense of humour which she retained right into old age. She made a tester,
or roof quilt, to fit inside the top of a friend's four-poster bed. He inspected
it, then asked her had she forgotten to 'sign' it…? No she said, and pointed
them out to him…upside down: ''I
done put 'em upside down so yo' wife could read 'em..''
circa 1940: Cotton fabric and thread on paper
Quilts of the Cane
River Plantation: scroll to bottom of page to see a polyester hexagon quilt
top pieced by Clementine Hunter
Gallery: This is a large image of a quilt by Clementine, "Melrose
Plantation" circa 1960 which is on sale for $25,000.
Art at the High: Notice about a 1999 exhibit - Image is shown of a quilt in
the Museum's collection created by an African-American maker from North
Carolina. Very different, but picture not clickable for an enlarged view.
Crazy Quilt: circa 1910
Choate: See information about her in the "American Memory" link
Quilt (Boston Commons-type pattern)
Quilt Detail of Boston Commons-type pattern
Quilt (different one)
of Block Quilt
of Block Quilt - 16 patch
Quilt on Bed
Quilt on Bed Detail
Around the World
Around the World Detail
and Donna Choate - Standing in front of quilt draped on fence
I piece on the sewing machine"
Choate and her canned and frozen foods
Mae Muldrow and Lenora Mathis: Quilts are featured by these two women who
live in Randolph, AZ , a small African-American community outside of Coolidge in
Pinal County. Images are clickable for close-up views.
Entoe: Chatham, Louisiana (Jackson Parish) shown with several of her star
quilts hanging on a clothesline.
Quilting Bee: The Freedom Quilting Bee grew out of the Civil Rights
movement. Local people lost work on farms after registering to vote in the
nineteen sixties, and the women put their skills to use in earning family
income. The Freedom Bee is now the largest employer in Alberta, Alabama.
Alabama : Long article about the community. Includes information about
quilting. No pictures.
Henry: This review of an exhibit includes a picture of her "Iowa Star
- Quilts at the High: Review of an exhibit at the High Museum in
Atlanta, "No Two Alike: African American Improvisational Quilts. Include
picture of a quilt by Gladys Henry.
Fry: This is a 6-minute video clip that can be downloaded. In it,
Gladys-Marie Fry, one of the nation's leading authorities on African-American
textiles talking about a quilt by Yellow-Bill, a sequined Haitian Voudou Flag,
and about a quilt by a slave boy studying to be a healer
the African Loom to the American Quilt:
This site documents a 1998 exhibit curated by Gladys-Marie Fry featuring 37
quilts. Pictures of 6 of the quilts (ranging from 1930 - 1995) are displayed.
(Click "more" at the bottom of the page)
Washington Carver: Needlework was one of the interests he pursued.
Rankin: In 1997, Mrs. Rankin was presented with National Heritage Award (the
nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts) by the NEA - National
Endowment for the Arts. On this site, an in-depth profile of Mrs. Rankin is
given, including a picture of her working on a quilt. You will also be able to
access a gallery
with 3 images of her work with background information (including the one about
the unprosecuted murder of her father when she was 10 years old); pictures
showing Mrs. Rankin teaching
her craft to a new generation; her "quilting
recipes" with images of 5 more quilts; information about patterns of quilting
construction said to be typical of Afro-Traditional quilt design; and a
brief paragraph about continuing
the tradtion. Mrs. Rankin is also a Master Quilter with the Mississippi
Cultural Crossroads and has been a member since 1988.
National Heritage Fellows Biography: this is the extended biography
of Mrs. Rankin.
to Hystercine Rankin: This is a tribute to Mrs. Rankin by the
Hon. Bennie G. Thompson that was read into the records of the US House of
Representatives November 9, 1997.
Pettway: Gees Bend, Alabama. This is a 1937 picture of her with Jennie
Pettway and another young girl.
Toomer: An image of a quilt mistakenly attributed to Amanda Gordan of
Vicksburg, MS is shown in comparison with a Mande textile (Surinam). Please
note, however, that the actual quilter is Lucinda Toomer, from Macon, GA. It is
in the collection of Maude Wahlman.
Made By Men -
African American Traditional Quilts: This site of
a 1996 exhibit curated by Gladys-Marie Fry at the University of Maryland
features quilts by El Roy Atkins, Charles Palmer, Wanen Wise, Herbert Munn,
Benjamin Jackson, and Charles Coter. Unfortunately, this site is no
By Association: This is an in-depth review by Thomas E. Mani of the
"Made By Men - African American Traditional Quilts" exhibit.
Avant: This is a review of an exhibit at the Krannart Art Musuem in Illinois
and gives a profile of Mary Avant. No pictures.
Lou Gunn: Ruston Alabama. Picture of her with two of her quilts hanging on a
Mary Louise Wright-Euell:
1897-1985. This is a page dedicated in her memory by
the granddaughters she taught to quilt and who now continue the tradition. An
image of her and two of her quilts are shown. Unfortunately, this link is
no longer available
Hensley: Early 20th century quilt
Marion Coleman Quilts
: Commercial site that specializes in handcrafted photo memory quilts and
pillows. [No affiliation]
Reese: Interview with Mrs. Reese as part of the 1930's "Life
Histories" Federal Writers Project. Remarkable picture of Mrs. Reese
working in a smokehouse on a quilt. Clickable for a very close-up view. You can
also listen to her response. File takes about 4 minutes to download - can listen
to it from the site itself.
African American Quilters: Site documents quilts made by Michigan
African-Americans and included in a 1991 exhibit, "African-American
Quiltmaking Traditions in Michigan". Quilts shown are by Viney Crawford
(1986), Mary Williams (1939), an unknown slave (1857-1858), Mary Atkins (1987),
Deone Todd Green and Ione Todd (198), and Sina R. Phillips (1983). Each is
clickable for close-up views.
Cultural Crossroads: Located in Port Gibson, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads
is a community based organization that focuses on the visual and performing
arts. It includes a quilting cooperative that was organized in 1988. The site
includes images of one of Mrs. Rankins quilts and a view of a quilt show.
Weep No More” - Handstitched textiles by African-American Quilt Guild.
Shows detail from “Sweet Clara’s Freedom Quilt” (quilter not cited)
Benson: She is a 2001 National Heritage Fellow. A link to an in-depth
interview with her is accessible from this site along with images of several of
Tradition: Baskets of Alabama and Quilts by 2001 National Heritage Fellow,
Mozell Benson: This is the exhibit catalogue.
to Mozell Benson: This is a tribute (SJR33)
to Mrs. Benson by State Senator Little (T) that was passed by the Alabama State
Legislature congratulating her on her accomplishments.
Cabin Quilt, 1979: Scroll to bottom of page. Also shown is a Dolly Dingle
quilt by Pearlie Posey in 1981. They were part of a 1999 exhibit in Charleston,
Ezell: A brief profile of Nora Ezell as a 1990 recipient of the Alabama Folk
Interview: This is a downloadable audio file of an 8-minute
interview with her as part of the Alabama Folkways Radio Series.
Nora Ezell at a book signing
So Long Ago...: This is a closeup view of a woman, probably in the 1930's,
using a treadle sewing machine to make a quilt. Two children are at her side
holding the quilt.
Quilt of Alabama : On March 11, 1997, the legislature of the State of
Alabama designated the Pine Burr Quilt as the official state quilt. This
document recognizes the Freedom Quilting Bee for it’s contribution to the
state, and recognizes China Grove Myles as the only person left who knew how to
create the Pine Burr Quilt, a pattern involving “…hundreds of tedious
swatches that unfold before the eye in a breathtaking, three-dimensional
Baker: This is a newspaper review that profiles Olivia Baker, a quilter
whose work was part of a 1997 exhibit in Cinncinati. A picture of Mrs. Baker
with some of her quilts is shown, clickable for a close-up view. Article
includes several quotes by Carolyn Mazloomi.
Searcy: This is the catalogue from the "Kentucky Quilts: Roots and
Wings" exhibit at the Kentucky Folk Art Center. (NOTE: Do a CTRL-F on
"African" - without the
quote marks") for information about her. No pictures
Posey: Image of her 19981 "Everybody Quilt". Also shows a Log
Cabin styled quilt made by Mrs. Benson in 1979. They were part of a 1999 exhibit
in Charleston, West Virginia. Other images of her work can be seen:
African-American Museum: The web site for the museum shows an image of
another "Everybody Quilt"
Quilt Ties Utah
History to African Americans: Newspaper article
about a group of African-American quilters (Mary Fayne Daniels, Rita Bankhea,
Addie Martin Cunningham, Edith Valarie Patton Hudley, and Patsy Moore) in Salt
Lake City who made a quilt that documents the presence and heritage of
African-Americans in Utah. This July 1996 article is now only accessible
for a fee at the Salt Lake Tribune Archive:
of Gee’s Bend : Information
about the exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. On the left-hand side of
the screen, click “Current Exhibits”, then scroll down to “The Quilts of
Gee’s Bend” and either click on the quilt, or on “View Exhibition
Highlights”. Eight of the quilts are shown, clickable for close-up views.
[NOTE: After the exhibit closes in mid-November, click “Past Exhibitions”.
Quilters: This article by The Virtual Quilt is a profile of a group of five
elderly women in Atlanta who have been quilting together for a number of years.
Pictures of them at their frame are included.
Allen: A profile of Mrs. Allen is presented as well as a picture of her
working on one of her quilts.
of Rosie Allen quilting on her bed
the World" Quilt
Lee Tompkins: This site features a full online catalogue of the 1997 exhibit
at the Berkley Art Museum of Rosie Lee Tompkins' art.
Guerilla History Project: One of Rosie Lee Tompkins' quilts is used for
the poster of the Women's Guerilla History Project.