Liberian Star.

On this day in 1847, the Republic of Liberia, formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society, a group formed to return freed African American slaves to Africa, declared its independence. It was the first West African nation to become a democratic republic. Between 1822 and the American Civil War approximately 15,000 African Americans settled in Liberia.

Isabella Major of Monrovia, Liberia, made this Liberian Star, or Star of Bethlehem, in 1972. The owners of the quilt live in Flint Michigan, and documented the quilt, which was a gift to them, during the Michigan Quilt Project. According to the owners, the quilt was so special that “they put the quilt on their bed only on the anniversaries of their wedding and her mother’s death.”

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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