Stop by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation table located in the lobby of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Learn about the two world-class Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and their special exhibit, A Century of African-American Quilts.
This exhibit showcases eleven colorful and stunning quilts, half of which have never before been seen by the public. The quilts of
African Americans varied widely, depending on the date, location, community, the purpose for which the quilt was made, and the personal artistic vision of the quiltmaker. The bold designs and brilliant colors of the quilts featured in the exhibition speak to a longstanding cultural and artistic tradition within which the women designed and created their quilts. Although none of the quilts in the exhibit were made during the era of slavery in America, several of the quilters represented in the exhibit were born into slavery and others descended from enslaved families. Each quilt maker used the humble materials of fabric and thread to create a bedcover that was warm and practical as well as brilliant in color and artistry.
Quilt pictured was pieced and appliqued by Dora Smith ( 1901).