Quilting Bee of Alberta/Gees Bend: Feb. 27 [Huntsville]
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From: The Bookstore Huntsville <thebookstore2246@...>
Subject: Re: Quilting Bee of Alberta/Gees Bend (Date Correction) February 27, 2010
To: "The Bookstore Huntsville" <thebookstore2246@...>
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 4:39 PM
Join us as we celebrate Black History with the Feedom Quilting Bee of Alberta/Gees Bend
Saturday Februay 27, 2010 1:00pm
The Freedom Quilting was a women’s quilting collective in Alberta, Alabama, near to Boykin or Gee's Bend. It was founded in 1966, out of the civil rights movement. Some of the women whose quilts are represented in the Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibit once made quilts for this economic collective. Others did not. Nevertheless, it is through this earlier collective that Gee's Bend came first to be known for its quilts, for the strength of its community and the resourcefulness and artistry of its quilters.
During the 1960s, the citizens of Gee’s Bend enlisted as foot soldiers in the fight for civil rights, standing up for the rights of black Americans to register to vote. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Gee’s Bend in 1965. Three years later, mules from Gee’s Bend carried the assassinated leader’s body through the streets of Atlanta.
One cultural gift from Gee’s Bend’s civil rights work was the Freedom Quilting Bee, a rural collective that produced quilts for eastern department stores. For 30 years, the Quilting Bee provided employment for local black women who lost work when they took a stand and registered to vote. In the late 1990s, the Quilting Bee ended, for the most part; many of the key participants had either died or grown infirm.
Florine Smith, born 1948, four-block strips, ca. 1975, corduroy, 68 x 81
Annie Mae Young, born 1928. Work-clothes quilt with cneter medallion of corduroy strips, 1976. Denim, corduroy, synthetic blend, 108 x 77
Fannie Etheridge, Manager of the Freedom Quilting Bee will be sharing her experiences and Quilts.
Publix Shoping Plaza Winchester Road
February 27, 2009 at 1:00pm