An exhibit of Missisisppi quilts
DECEMBER 9, 2017–OCTOBER 14, 2018
Explore more than a century of quilting in the state—from the 1830s Princess Feather and Eagles pattern to the string style of Tammy McGrew’s 2014 quilt.
- Discover the story behind quilts crafted by Chany Scot Black, an enslaved woman, and Narcissa Erwin Black, the plantation owner’s wife.
- Piece together your knowledge of the state of Mississippi with Sallie Miller’s Mississippi Map, which depicts the seventy-five counties that comprised the state in 1902. Each county was cut from silk or velvet, embroidered with the county’s name, and topped with a glass bead signifying the county seat.
- Catch a glimpse of African Sunburst designed by Hystercine Rankin—a founding member of the Crossroads Quilters and winner of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s highest award for traditional art.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is located in the FedEx and Medgar and Myrlie Evers Exhibition Halls at the Two Mississippi Museums and sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.