|Sesquicentennial 1864 Slave Emancipation Quilt|
The quilt is laid out like the Maryland state flag. Each county plus Baltimore City has a square in the interior of the quilt. The border consists of images representative of Maryland and the people and events working towards emancipation and the end of slavery at the state and national level. The center blue panels highlight different paths slaves could take to freedom prior to emancipation as well as images of Annapolis circa 1864 and the Maryland State House. The corners of the quilt are anchored by black-eyed susans, the Maryland state flower.
More pictures and description of the quilt to come along with photos of each square and the unveiling ceremony. Please enjoy!
|County quilt square detail featuring Allegany and Carroll counties.|
|One of the paths to freedom before emancipation was to run away.|
|Pins hold the quilt and its images together before stitching.|
|As is tradition with all of her quilts, Dr. Gaither included an angel on the artwork. This angel is constructed from the Maryland state flag.|
|Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Vice Chair/Project Manager Lyndra Pratt Marshall work to attach the individual state squares together.|