Arts and Humanities
11:59 am
Wed February 5, 2014

University of Louisville Professor Seeks African American Quilters

Bible Quilt by Harriet Powers, an African American farm woman from Clark County, GA, who created this lively, balanced expression of her religious fervor. She exhibited her quilt at the Athens Cotton Fair of 1886. From The Smithsonian Treasury: American Quilts by Doris M. Bowman, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1991.
Credit Alfred Harrell / Smithsonian Institute

Art historian and University of Louisville Pan-African Studies professor Pearlie Johnson wants to connect with the area's African American quilters. She's hosting an open session February 22 for African Americans to bring their family quilts, stories, photographs and related materials. 

The free event will be held at the Western branch (604 S. 10th St.) of the Louisville Free Public Library February 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

This session is the first in an on-going effort by Johnson to research traditional and contemporary quilts by African American artists. She's working on an oral history and documentation of the quilts themselves. 

For more information, contact Dr. Johnson at (502) 852-0145 or email her at