On this day in 1913, future civil-rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama to a teacher and a carpenter. She was of African, Cherokee-Creek, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Parks received many national awards for her achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

Sherry Shine of East Orange, New Jersey, made this 46” x 36” painted and machine quilted wholecloth piece, titled “Fearless” in 2009. The quilt was included in the exhibition “Journey to Hope,” curated by Carolyn L. Mazloomi. From Shine’s statement about her piece: “Rosa Parks and President Barack Obama are two iconic figures who changed the face of history with the understanding that greatness is never given–it must be earned.” The quilt is now in the permanent collection of Michigan State University Museum.

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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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