Episode 5 Gee's Bend: “The Most Famous Quilts In America?”

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Every effort has been made to provide correct and accurate information.The institutions and artists have generously granted permission to use their images.They hold the copyrights to their images.For personal use only. For permission to reproduce multiple copies, please contact us atcontact@whyquiltsmatter.org.Episode 5Gee's Bend: “The Most Famous Quilts in America?”Pettway family group, Gee's Bend, AlabamaApril 1937Photo by Arthur RothsteinLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF34- 025385-Dwww.loc.gov/picturesMap of Gee's BendFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 1 of 21

Old man Mosely sits by his house,Gee's Bend, AlabamaMay 1939Photo by Marion Post WolcottLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF33-030362-M1www.loc.gov/picturesCable ferry from Camden to Gee's Bend, AlabamaMay 1939Photo by Marion Post WolcottLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF33- 030356-M4www.loc.gov/picturesSandy Hill, the old Pettway plantation house,Gee's Bend, AlabamaApril 1937Photo by Arthur RothsteinLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF34- 025380-Dwww.loc.gov/picturesInhabitants of Gee's Bend, AlabamaApril 1937Photo by Arthur RothsteinLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF34- 025391-Dwww.loc.gov/pictures 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 2 of 21

Half SquaresMartha Pettway1930sCotton86" x 75"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioEpiscopal PriestB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004Quilts on the clothesline, Mary Lee Bendolph's Yard2006From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioBricklayer Variation and Housetop, two-sided quiltLoretta Pettway1972CorduroyFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioHousetop with CrossLinda Diane Bennettc. 1970Cotton, synthetic blends, wool78" x 75"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 3 of 21

Freedom Quilting BeeFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioSnowball variationSarah Benning1949 or 1950Cotton, velveteen, synthetics101" x 85"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaHousetopMary L. Bennett1970s, quilted in 2002Corduroy81" x 74"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioMuseum of Fine Arts HoustonHouston, TXwww.mfah.org 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 4 of 21

Blocks and StripsLoretta P. Bennett2005Polyester, polyester double knit69" x 58"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioWhitney Museum of American ArtPhoto by Daniel J. FeldThe Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004B-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaJazzy Geometry, Cool QuiltersBy Michael KimmelmanThe New York TimesWeekend Fine Arts LeisureNovember 29, 2002 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 5 of 21

Nine PatchRuth MoselyFrom The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaBlocks and Strips work-clothes quiltMissouri Pettway1942Cotton, corduroy, sacking material90" x 69"From The Quilts of Gee's BendTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettChinese Coins variationArlonzia Pettwayc. 1965, quilted in 1976Corduroy, denim, cotton twill88" x 73"From The Quilts of Gee's BendTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettWoman making Gullah basketFolklife Resource Center, McKissick MuseumThe University of South CarolinaColumbia, South Carolinawww.cas.sc.edu/mcks 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 6 of 21

Clyde DavenportPhoto by David BartlettKentuckiana Digital LibraryMorehead State University SpecialCollections and ArchivesMorehead, Kentuckyhttp://kdl.kyvl.orgMusicians playing in fieldFrom Mississippi Blues history presentationCourtesy of William FerrisMedallionLoretta P. Bennett2005Cotton, twill88" x 63"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioWork-clothes StripsAnnie Mae Youngc. 1970Denim, corduroy, cotton/polyester blend108" x 76"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioBasket Weave (Freedom Quilting Bee name "Crazy")Nettie Young1975Cotton, velveteen, double knit89" x 80"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 7 of 21

Housetop sampler containing Nine Patchand Southern StarArlonzia Pettway1976Cotton, polyester and wool blend, corduroy90" x 72"From Gee's Bend: The Women and Their QuiltsTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettHousetopLucy T. Pettwayc. 1970Cotton, cotton blend76" x 80"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioRamsey's Groceries (now destroyed), whereCounty Road 29 enters Gee's BendFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by William ArnettTinnie Dell Pettway's store, Gee's BendFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioDoor, Dew Drop Inn nightclub, Gee's BendFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 8 of 21

Flora Moore's house, RehobothFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioDew Drop Inn nightclub, Gee's BendFrom Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioA Communion of the Spirits:African-American Quilters, Preservers,and Their StoriesRoland L. Freeman, 1996Annie Mae Young with quilts and hergreat-granddaughter, Shaquetta; Rehoboth1993From A Communion of the Spirits:African-American Quilters, Preservers,and Their StoriesRoland L. Freeman, 1996B-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, Georgia 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 9 of 21

Workclothes quilt with center medallion of stripsAnnie Mae Young1976Denim, corduroy, synthetic blend108" x 77"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioWorkclothes quilt againB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaHousetopLola Pettway1970sCorduroy89" x 74"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioMedallionLoretta P. Bennett2005Cotton, twill88" x 63"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 10 of 21

MedallionPearlie Pettway Hall1950sCotton80" x 65"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioMedallion variation, tied with yarnCreola Pettway1983Nylon blend (tricot)84" x 69"From Gee's Bend: The Women and Their QuiltsTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaBlocks and Strips, two-sided quiltLucy T. Pettway1960sDenim, corduroy, cotton81" x 73"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 11 of 21

Housetop VariationMartha Pettway1930sCotton80" x 73"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioBasket WeaveNettie Jane Kennedy1973Corduroy80" x 80"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioThe Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004"H" Variation (quiltmaker's name: "Milky Way")Nettie Young1971Cotton88" x 77"The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibition2002Whitney Museum of American ArtNew York, New YorkFrom The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 12 of 21

The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionWhitney Museum of American Art2002New York, New YorkFrom The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004MedallionLouisiana P. Bendolph2006Cotton80" x 72"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioTwo-sided GeometricLoretta P. Bennett2003Corduroy, velveteen66" x 59"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioThe Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionMilwaukee Art MuseumB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004The Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 13 of 21

BarsAnnie Mae Youngc. 1965Cotton, polyester, synthetic blends81" x 79"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioBlocks, Strips, Strings and Half SquaresMary Lee Bendolph2005Cotton84" x 81"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioGee's Bend booksPhoto by Focal PointMedallion with Center BarsPolly Bennett1943Cotton80" x 72"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 14 of 21

Basket Weave (Freedom Quilting Bee name "Crazy")Nettie Young1975Cotton, velveteen, double knit89" x 80"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioHousetop – nine block variationMary L. Bennettc. 1975Cotton, denim, cotton/polyester blend, cotton knit87" x 77"From The Quilts of Gee's BendTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettBroken Star variationMagdalene Wilsonc. 1925Cotton, wool, silk91" x 85"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioBricklayer single-block variationAolar Moselyc. 1950Cotton, twill, cotton hopsacking, corduroy81" x 85"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 15 of 21

Bricklayer variationLoretta Pettwayc. 1975Corduroy94" x 69"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioMade in Gee's BendBy Lisa GrayHouston ChronicleZest cover storyJune 11, 2006Housetop and Bricklayer blocks with barsLucy T. Pettwayc. 1955Cotton, corduroy, cotton knit, flannel, even weave90" x 78"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioHousetop, fractured-medallion variationDelia Bennettc. 1955Cotton79" x 79"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 16 of 21

Negroes, descendants of formerslaves of the Pettway Plantation1937Photo by Arthur RothsteinLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF34- 025232-Dwww.loc.gov/picturesCourtesy of Shelly ZegartPhoto by Focal PointCourtesy of Shelly ZegartPhoto by Focal PointBricklayer – sampler variationLoretta Pettway1958Cotton and corduroy82" x 78"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin Studio 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 17 of 21

Bricklayer variationLinda Diane Bennettc. 1970Denim80" x 62"From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Pitkin StudioGee's Bend Ferry signCourtesy Joe Cunningham and Julie SilberWoman on porchCourtesy of Joe Cunningham and Julie SilberGee's Bend Quilters signCourtesy of Joe Cunningham and Julie SilberThe Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 18 of 21

B-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaBringing home feed and fertilizer from store,Gee's Bend, AlabamaMay 1939Photo by Marion Post WolcottLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionOffice of War Information CollectionWashington, D.C.Farm Security AdministrationItem number LC-USF34-051516-Dwww.loc.gov/picturesQuilts on clothesline at Polly Bennett's house,Alabama Route 5, Near Alberta2001From Gee's Bend: The Women and Their QuiltsTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Matthew ArnettAfrican American quilts, vicinity of the Alabama River(possibly Gee's Bend), Wilcox County, Alabamac. 1900From Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the QuiltPaul Arnett, Tinwood Books, 2006Courtesy of Matt ArnettPhoto by Edith MorganB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, Georgia 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 19 of 21

So Profound It’s SubversiveBy Catherine FoxThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionArtsFebruary 17, 2002Quilt show has the art world buzzingBy Maria PuenteUSA TodayArts & CultureFebruary 21, 2003Bill Arnett with women quiltingCourtesy of Matt ArnettBill Arnett with Gee's Bend quiltersCourtesy of Matt ArnettThe Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibitionB-roll from The Quiltmakers of Gee's BendAlabama Public Television, 2004 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 20 of 21

Sewing a quilt; Gee's Bend, AlabamaApril 1937Photo by Arthur RothsteinLibrary of CongressPrints & Photographs DivisionFarm Security AdministrationOffice of War Information Photograph CollectionWashington, D.C.Item number LC-USF34-T01-025363-Dwww.loc.gov/picturesB-roll from The Quilts of Gee's BendCourtesy of Matt Arnett and Vanessa VadimTinwood Media Production, 2002Atlanta, GeorgiaPinwheel variationEssie Bendolph Pettway2000Cotton, cotton and polyester blends88" x 85"From The Quilts of Gee's BendTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettMultiple columns of rectangles, blocks and barsEssie Bendolph Pettway1980Corduroy93" x 75"From The Quilts of Gee's BendTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt ArnettBlocks and One Patch, two-sided quiltEssie Bendolph Pettway1973Cotton, polyester knit, denim88" x 80"From The Quilts of Gee's BendTinwood Books, 2002Courtesy of Matt Arnett 2011 The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. All rights reserved. www.whyquiltsmatter.orgPage 21 of 21

Blocks and Strips work-clothes quilt Missouri Pettway 1942 Cotton, corduroy, sacking material 90" x 69" From The Quilts of Gee's Bend Tinwood Books, 2002 Courtesy of Matt Arnett Chinese Coins variation Arlonzia Pettway c. 1965, quilted in 1976 Corduroy, denim, cotton twill 88" x 73" From The Quilts of Gee's Bend Tinwood Books, 2002

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