The Freedom Center's 'We Who Believe in Freedom' Exhibits Quilts that Comment on Issues of Race in America

This new exhibit, curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi — historian, author and founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network — features detailed fabric and textile works

click to enlarge "Black Lives Still Matter" quilt by Glenda Richardson - Photo: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Photo: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
"Black Lives Still Matter" quilt by Glenda Richardson

This new exhibit, curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi — historian, author and founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network — features detailed fabric and textile works that tell the story of the African-American experience.

The artists of the Women of Color Quilters have created quilts featuring commentary on the Civil Rights movement and the issues of race in America, building upon “symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment.”

Look for a quilt depicting icon, organizer, politician and singer Fannie Lou Hamer; a haunting homage to Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit;” and a quilt dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement with the proverb, “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”

Through July 12. $5 with general admission; $15 adults; $13 seniors; $10.50 children 3-12; free 3 and under. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, freedomcenter.org.

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