Gees Bend quilt

Quilts and Black History

Quilts are an important part of black history in America and elsewhere.

Quilts and the Underground Railroad

There is a widespread belief that quilts were used as signals in the Underground Railroad. The idea being that messages were communicated to escaped slaves via the quilt you hung out in the yard. This is disputed by many historians, but the legend lives on. Read more about it:

Gee’s Bend

Gee’s Bend is a small, remote community in Alabama which is predominately black. With a history that dates back to the mid-1800s, the women of Gee’s Bend have developed an incredible improvisational quilting style, which has gained worldwide fame.

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