On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 15

The peacemaker and the piecemaker
On this day in 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King earned a doctorate degree in theology, and led the first major civil rights protest for racial equality in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.  Dr. King was instrumental in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.


This hand pieced and hand quilted “Lord’s Prayer” quilt was made by John Drake in 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia. Drake was 9 or 10 years old when he made the quilt with “a little help” from his grandmother. Drake’s brother, who lives in Michigan, inherited the quilt and documented it as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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