African American Quiltmaking in Michigan by Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum

By Marsha MacDowell, Michigan State University Museum

A worthy, ancient contribution, this is often the 1st e-book at the quiltmaking culture of African americans in Michigan. With 60 photos of quilts, it brings jointly many photographs within the exploration of African American quilting and examines quiltmaking as a kind ladies have used to contribute to the historical that means of the African American family members and group.

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These days gave quilters and quilt owners an opportunity to have their quilts documented and registered in the state inventory at a central community location. In addition to the documentation (photographs, quilt stories, and quilt inventory forms) gathered at these events, data were collected through archival and library research, oral history interviews, and quilt survey forms. Page 2 Figure 1.  Photograph by MSU Instructional Media Center, courtesy Michigan State University Museum. Figure 2.

Page 19 African American Quiltmaking in Michigan Marsha L. MacDowell Historical Background of African Americans in Michigan Early records establish that African Americans first came to Michigan, as both slaves and free individuals, with French and English missionaries and fur traders. One famous independent African American explorer, Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, was held by the British as a political prisoner at Fort Michilimackinac in 1780. 1 African Americans arrived in sizable numbers during the 1830s and 1840s following the Underground Railroad.

9. , 44-75; Robert Farris Thompson, "African Influences on the Art of the United States" Journal of African Civilizations 3 (November 1978): 44; Gladys-Marie Fry, "Harriet Powers: Portrait of a Black Quilter," in Missing Pieces: Georgia Folk Art, 1770-1976 (Atlanta: Georgia Council for the Arts and Humanities, 1976), 16-23; Maude Southwell Wahlman, Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts (New York: Studio Books, 1993), 64. 10. Quoted in Irene V. : Schenkman Books, 1981), 393.

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