By Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum
A useful, historic contribution, this is often the 1st ebook at the quiltmaking culture of African americans in Michigan. With 60 pictures of quilts, it brings jointly many pictures within the exploration of African American quilting and examines quiltmaking as a sort ladies have used to make contributions to the historical which means of the African American relatives and group.
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Quilters and quilt owners in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing, and Idlewild were encouraged to share their quilts and stories. Because of the active involvement of African American leaders in these communities, the African American Quilt Discovery Days successfully identified many quilts and quilters. At the first event, held in Muskegon, the work of more than thirty quilters was recorded (figures 2 and 3). More importantly, these events triggered community interest in learning more about African American quilting heritage and sharing it with a wider public.
Quiltmaker Sarah Carolyn Reese shares, through an interview with Marsha MacDowell, the history and philosophy behind the development of the American African quilting activities she initiated at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. The classes, lectures, and exhibitions held over the past few years have had a tremendous influence in the metropolitan Detroit area. The volume also includes a series of photographs of individual quilts and quilters that provide a sampling of the experiences of African American quilters in Michigan.
9. Harris, whose work Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil was produced Off-Broadway in New York City, is married to Carole Harris. ) Page 9 The Threads of African- American Quilters Are Woven Into History Cuesta Benberry Why, after many years of near invisibility, have African-American quilts become so engrossing to art historians, folklorists, ethnologists, and quilt historians? African Americans have made quilts in this land continuously from the late eighteenth century, yet their work is conspicuously absent from the many published accounts of American quilt history.
African American Quiltmaking in Michigan by Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum