Last weekend, I had the chance to go to Cincinnati to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center. I was excited to go, but never more so when I saw the large banner on the side of the building proclaiming, “And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations,” an exhibit of 85 story quilts spanning 400 years of history.
These amazing quilts were made by an international group of artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network. They narrate the history of the African-American experience and capture the stories of freedom’s heroes.
Unfortunately, we were only in that exhibit about 10 minutes, where I was furiously trying to capture images so I could pour over them later. In many cases I didn’t get the artist’s plaque, but I only hope that will encourage you to go the exhibit yourself, if you’re anywhere near the area. The center itself is highly educational, and for any quilter, the exhibit is truly inspirational.
I’ll have more samples from the exhibit next week, but if you get the chance, I hope you’ll consider making a visit to the Freedom Center to see these incredible works of art. The exhibit runs until March 29, 2014.