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Celebrating Twenty Years of Quilting


Mar 10 2018


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Hayti Heritage Center

804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701

Celebrating 20 Years of Quilting

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Celebrating 20 Years of Quilting

The Story of Durham’s African American Quilt Circle

Join us for a public conversation with members of the African American Quilt Circle (AAQC) of Durham, NC. Founded in 1998 as a way to preserve the heritage of quilting in the African American community, the AAQC has grown into an arts group with over 60 members, some hailing from as far away as Panama. The group meets monthly at the Hayti Heritage Center and has been featured in local and international magazines and on local television. Our discussion with long-standing members Marjorie Diggs Freeman, Jereann King Johnson, and Sauda Zahra will be moderated by Kim Hall and will explore the history of the group, the different practices and techniques of its members, and the importance of quilting to African American life and politics.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke.


Marjorie Diggs Freeman

Marjorie Diggs Freeman, a retired New Jersey educator and administrator, is a self-taught artist skilled in many forms of needlework. She did not concentrate on fiber art until the 1990s, when she moved to North Carolina. There, she met sister African American quilters who encouraged her to move from the…...

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Jereann King Johnson

Jereann King Johnson slept under and pieced quilts as far back as she can remember. Her early discovery of and fondness for textiles and textures flourishes still. Her quilt-making is inspired by ethnic designs, works of art, nature, personal stories, history, as well as traditional quilt patterns. In collaboration with…...

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Sauda A. Zahra

Sauda A. Zahra is a self-taught fiber artist who has been quilting since 1998. Zahra creates original quilt designs with themes about women, African Americans, historical events, social issues, and music. Her quilting style is primarily focused on narrative quilts. She uses quilting as a vehicle to convey her creative…...

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Kim F. Hall

Barnard College of Columbia University

Kim F. Hall is the Lucyle Hook Professor of English and Professor of Africana Studies at Barnard College of Columbia University where she teaches Black Women's Studies, English Renaissance Literature, Critical Race Theory, and Food Studies. She is the author of Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in…...

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