On this day in 1968, New York City police made an early morning raid of the Stonewall Inn, one of the few Greenwich Village bars where gay and transgender customers were welcomed. While raids like this were common in this intensely anti-homosexual era, the police quickly lost control of the situation when gay residents of the neighborhood put up a violent resistance. The Stonewall riot lead to the swift organization of activist groups and marks the single most important step in the gay liberation movement.

Florence Haviland of Sherman, Connecticut hand pieced, appliqued and quilted this Stonewall quilt between 1876-1900. The quilt was documented during the Connecticut Quilt Search in 1996 by the great granddaughter of the quiltmaker.

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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