Last week I attended another program in the Common Threads series. This time we were in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt, in the little town of Greensboro. We first went to the Magnolia Grove historic house museum to see their quilt collection. We were lucky to see a piece of the oldest quilt in the United States, which was sadly cut up to be split between sisters. We toured the house and grounds, including the outdoor kitchen and the slave quarters.
Some of the best food in Alabama can surprisingly be found in gas stations, so we had an amazing fried catfish lunch at Mustang Oil. It was great to get to know some of the other Alabama quilting enthusiasts over lunch.
After lunch, we headed to the Safe House Black History Museum. Martin Luther King Jr. sought refuge from the Ku klux Klan here on the night of March 21, 1968. We were lucky to meet Theresa Burroughs, the founder of the museum and a Civil Rights foot soldier. She worked with Dr. King to organize peaceful resistance in Alabama's Black Belt in the 1960s.
We finished the day with another great talk from Sunshine Huff. She presented on Alabama quilter and NEA National Heritage Fellow Nora Ezell. Ezell was known for beautiful story quilts and vividly colored designs.