Reading Craft: Quilts in Black History Feb 6, 6:30pm
Thurs, February 6, 6:30-8pm
6:30pm: Light refreshments
7pm: Discussion begins
Join the Craft in America Center in discussing a selection of texts from our library relating to our current exhibition, Quilts: 4 Directions.
This month, we will explore the cultural and historical tradition of quilting from the black American perspective.
Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jaqueline Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D.
“In 1994, historian Jacquline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella McDaniel Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to ‘write this down,’ Williams began to tell a story that had been passed along from generation to generation in her family.”
Join us in discussing this fascinating story about friendship, lost traditions, the importance of oral histories, and the story of encoded quilts made by men and women that may have helped navigate their escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
All are welcome to visit our library to view copies of the materials in advance. RSVP to [email protected]