Themes for Educators: African American History and Culture

The Quilt Index is a growing database featuring thousands of quilts dating from the 1700s to the present. This comprehensive resource provides free access to quilt images and information for teachers, students, researchers, and the general public. The Quilt Index can be used in many educational settings -- from elementary school math to university level history classes, bringing subjects such as American history, women’s history, and American folk art traditions alive for students by putting thousands of historic quilts at their fingertips.

The Quilt Index staff has developed several thematic areas by which you can now browse Quilt Index content.  Many of these themes feature pictorial quilts, such as quilts depicting animals, foods, holidays, music, outer space, trees, or U.S. history.  For more information on using these and other quilts in the classroom, please visit the Quilts & Curriculum section of the Quilt Index Wiki at

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