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Additional Resources for Study

Books and Articles
Arnett, Paul, Joanne Cubbs, and Eugene W. Metcalf, Jr., eds. Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt. Atlanta: Tinwood Books, 2006.

Barnes, Brooks. “Museums Cozy Up to Quilts.” Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2002, sec. W. 12.

Beardsley, John and William Arnett, Paul Arnett, Jane Livingston. Gee’s Bend: The Women and Their Quilts. Atlanta: Tinwood Books in association with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2002.

Beardsley, John and William Arnett, Paul Arnett, Jane Livingston, Alvia Wardlaw. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. Atlanta: Tinwood Books in association with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2002.

Benberry, Cuesta. Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts. Louisville, Kentucky: The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., 1992.

Brackman, Barbara. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Paducah, Kentucky: American Quilter’s Society, 1993.

Callahan, Nancy. The Freedom Quilting Bee: Folk Art and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press, 1987.

Kimmelman, Michael. “Jazzy Geometry, Cool Quilters,” New York Times, November 29, 2002, sec. B, 31.

Literature for Young Children and Adults
Flournoy, Valerie. The Patchwork Quilt. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1985.

Igus, Toyomi and Michele Wood. I See the Rhythm. San Francisco, California: Children’s Book Press, 1998.

Mckissack, Patricia. Stitchin’ and Pulllin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt. New York: Random House, 2008.

Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1991.

Walker, Alice. Everyday Use. In In Love & Trouble. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, Inc., 1967.

Gee’s Bend
  • The Library of Congress’ American Memory website has photographs of Gee’s Bend from the 1930s (search for “Gee’s Bend”):
  • A lesson plan based on the photographs of Gee’s Bend from the 1930s:
  • “Voices from the Days of Slavery” has recordings and transcripts of interviews with former slaves from 1941 (do a search for “Gee’s Bend”):
  • Quilters Collective History:
  • Four 1948 recordings of gospel music from Gee’s Bend:
  • Interview with Lucy Mingo and her daughter Polly Raymond (scroll to find):
  • J. R. Moehringer’s Pulitzer Prize–winning story “Crossing Over:”,Feature+Writing
  • Michael Kimmelman’s review of the 2002 exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend:

  • StoryCorps (National Public Radio) project; resource for conducting interviews:

  • Leigh Fellner refutes claims about the quilt codes that some believe to have been used on the Underground Railroad:
  • A website dedicated to the PBS film The Art of Quilting has teacher resources, lesson plans, and interviews. PBS also produced two other films, A Century of Quilts and America Quilts; there are links to those programs on the website:
  • ETA/Cuisenaire sells Quilting Tiles:
  • The Illinois State Museum’s “Keeping Us in Stitches: Quilts & Quilters” is a list of quilt-based activities, lesson plans, and interactive online exercises for students:
  • Faith Ringgold’s website:

  • ARTstor is a database of high quality art images. You can search without a membership and can download images with a membership, which can be obtained for free by registering at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Wachovia Education Resource Center, located in the Perelman Building.

  • Carey, Celia. The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend. Alabama Public Television in association with Hunter Films, 2004. DVD.

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