Patches From the Past
Scraps of Fabric, Sewing & Quilting History

The African
in Quilts

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Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly

From slave to dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln.

Harriet Powers: Her Life and Story Quilts

A freed slave tells stories through her quilting.

Sweet Clara's Freedom Hidden In Plain View;

A Quilted Maze of Skepticism and Controversy

Underground Railroad" Quilts - Another View

The case of the missing evidence.

Recommended books about African American quilting

Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South

A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans

The Quilts of
Gee's Bend

Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook

(find these related articles on our sister site, "America's Quilting History")

African American Quilts: A Long Rich Heritage

the role of Black Americans in the history of quilting

A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans

book reveiw: African American quilts from utility to utility to special occasion quilts

The Underground Railroad and Abolition Quilts

how quilting played a role in emancipation of the slaves

Underground Railroad Quilt Pattern

history of the underground railroad - jacob's ladder pattern.

reproduction quilt pattern books