March Madness.

On this day in 1966, Texas Western (now called University of Texas at El Paso) becomes the first college basketball team to win the “Final Four” with an all-black starting lineup. Until that moment, at the height of the civil-rights era, no major-college team had ever started five black players in an NCAA championship game.

This satin quilt, titled “Basketball Star Quilt,” was made in 1999 by Rae Belgarde of Brockton, Montana. The quilt is now part of the Michigan State University Museum collection and was included in an exhibition, “To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions,” that traveled to several U.S. states and Canada from 1999-2004.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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About quiltalliance

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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