Columbus-Lowndes Library presents ‘The Historic Journey of African-American Quilters’

Date(s) - 04/01/2014
2:00 pm

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library


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Tuesday, April 1st at 2pm
“The Historic Journey of African-American Quilters”

Diane Williams, storyteller and fiber artist, will discuss the Kente cloth weaved fibers of West Africa and the utilitarian quilts made by African slaves in America who sewed for their owners.

Williams is inspired by the West African historians and storytellers known as “griot’s” and uses her storytelling skills to explore how images – in pictures, but also in quilts – can guide us to a place of tolerance, empathy and sensitivity.

She will also explore the works of Harriet Powers (1837-1910) and three other female fiber artists. Powers was a model for women quilters of the late 19th – early 20th centuries. In her discussion of 20th and 21st century quilting, Williams uses the work of Faith Ringgold, Carolyn L. Mazloomi and Mississippi quilter/fiber artist Gwen Magee.

This program is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Both the exhibit and programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call Brenda Durrett at 662-329-5300 or check our website at