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Five-A-Day no.53: The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend

We first saw the work of the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers in the ‘We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South’ show at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, just before lockdown. Due to end in May (before COVID hit) originally, so hopefully it stays open a little longer as it’s really worth seeing – particularly the quilts!

From Wikipedia: The quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts created by a group of women and their ancestors who live or have lived in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama along the Alabama River. The quilts of Gee’s Bend are considered to be unique, and one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States. Arlonzia Pettway, Annie Mae Young and Mary Lee Bendolph are among some of the most notable quilters from Gee’s Bend. Many of the residents in the community can trace their ancestry back to slaves from the Pettway Plantation.[1] Arlonzia Pettway can recall her grandmother’s stories of her ancestors, specifically of Dinah Miller, who was brought to the United States by slave ship in 1859.[2]

Pictures from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, where you can see looooooads of the quilts. 

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