African-American quilts

Posted by Rajeev Verma on May 15th, 2019

African-American women developed a distinctive style of quilting, notably different from the style most strongly associated with the Amish.

Harriet Powers, a slave-born African American woman, made two famous story quilts. She was just one of the many African American quilters who contributed to the evolution of quilting.

The Gee’s Bend quilting community was celebrated in an exhibition that traveled to museums including the Smithsonian.

The contributions made by her and other quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama has been recognized by the US Postal Service with a series of stamps.

The communal nature of the quilting process (and how it can bring together women of varied races and backgrounds) was honored in the movie How to Make an American Quilt.

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