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Author Callahan, Nancy, author

Title The freedom quilting bee : folk art and the civil rights movement / Nancy Callahan
Published Tuscaloosa, Alabama : The University of Alabama Press, 1987
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Description 1 online resource (276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Series Alabama Fire Ant
Alabama Fire Ant
Contents List of Plates/Maps; Preface; The Freedom Quilting Bee; Maps; Wilcox, Lowndes, and Dallas counties in the Alabama Black Belt; 1. From Civil Rights to Patchwork Quilts; 2. Quilt Auctions in New York City; 3. Gee''s Bend: The Culture that Shaped the Quilting Bee; Gee''s Bend and environs along the Alabama River; 4. The Quilting Bee Obtains Professional Help; 5. Freedom Sparks the ""Patchwork Look""; 6. The Quilting Bee Goes Commercial; 7. A Factory Comes to the Cornfield; 8. Church Groups Aid the Quilting Bee; 9. Freedom''s Bread and Butter: The Sears Contract; Color Plates
1. Star of Bethlehem, circa 19682. Crazy Quilt, 1967; 3. (eight-pointed star pattern), 1967; 4. Chestnut Bud, 1966; 5. ""The Largest Quilt in the World,"" 1969; 6. Coat of Many Colors, 1981; 7. (broken star pattern), circa 1970; 8. China Grove Myles and Pine Burr, 1976; 10. Freedom Leads the Co-op Movement; The Women of the Freedom Quilting Bee; Minder Pettway Coleman; Aolar Carson Mosely; Mattie Clark Ross; Mary Boykin Robinson; China Grove Myles; Lucy Marie Mingo; Nettie Pettway Young; Polly Mooney Bennett; Mama Willie Abrams; Estelle Abrams Witherspoon; Epilogue; Index
Summary The original book on the renowned Freedom quilters of Gee''s Bend. In December of 1965, the year of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, a white Episcopal priest driving through a desperately poor, primarily black section of Wilcox County found himself at a great bend of the Alabama River. He noticed a cabin clothesline from which were hanging three magnificent quilts unlike any he had ever seen. They were of strong, bold colors in original, op-art patterns-the same art style then fashionable in New York City and other cultural centers. An idea was born and within weeks took on life, in the form
Notes Includes index
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed October 23, 2014)
Subject Freedom Quilting Bee (Organization : Ala.) -- History.
African American quiltmakers -- Alabama -- History.
Civil rights in art.
Quilting -- Alabama -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0817388567 (e-book)
9780817388560 (e-book)