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Southern Heritage, Southern Shame

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12-8-5736

Object label

Southern Heritage, Southern Shame
Gwendolyn Magee
2001
Jackson, Mississippi
Collection of Michigan State University Museum acc.#2008:159.1

Essay about this quilt.

This quilt is my response to the failure of the April 17, 2001 referendum for the State of Mississippi to adopt a flag without the confederate battle emblem. Proponents to retain it stated that it is just a symbol of southern pride and southern heritage. My goal with this piece is to expose exactly that of which they are so proud - a heritage that glorifies slavery; a heritage based on racism and hatred; a heritage that committed atrocities and unspeakable acts of savagery; and a heritage dedicated to oppression by using terroristic tactics to instill fear and impose subservience.

--Gwendolyn Magee

Who documented this quilt?

Michigan Quilt Project; Michigan State University Museum Collection; Quilts and Human Rights

Where are the records for this quilt housed?

Michigan State University Museum; Quilts and Human Rights

Michigan Quilt Project Number:

08.0006

If this quilt is owned by a museum, enter the accession number:

2008:159.1

Quilt's title:

Southern Heritage, Southern Shame

Quilt top made by:

Magee, Gwendolyn

Quilted by:

Magee, Gwendolyn

If you are the quilt owner, how did you acquire this quilt?

Received as a gift

Where the quilt was made, city:

Jackson

Where the quilt was made, state:

Mississippi (MS)

Where the quilt was made, country:

United States

Time period:

2000-2025

When was the quilt finished?

after 2001

Why was the quilt made?

Art or personal expression

Quilt is presently used as:

Museum collection

Quiltmaker's city:

Jackson

Quiltmaker's state:

Mississippi (MS)

Quiltmaker's country:

United States

Quiltmaker's ethnic background/tribal affiliation:

African American

This is a:

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

32 1/2"

How long is the quilt?

22 1/2"

Shape of edge:

Straight

Describe the corners of the quilt:

Rounded

What color(s) is the quilt?

Black; Blue; Red; White

Quilt's condition:

Very good/almost new

Describe the quilt's layout:

Medallion or framed center

Number of quilt blocks:

1

Arrangement of quilt blocks:

Straight

Fiber type(s) used to make the quilt top:

Cotton

Describe the fibers or fabrics in the quilt top:

Organza

Piecing techniques used to make the quilt top:

Machine Piecing

Applique techniques used to make the quilt top:

Machine Applique

Materials used to make the back:

Cotton

How is the binding made?

Edges turned in/ no separate binding

Quilting techniques used:

Machine quilting

Quilting designs used, overall motifs:

In-the-ditch

Features or notes about the quilt's appearance, materials, or construction:

This quilt is my response to the failure of the April 17, 2001 referendum for the State of Mississippi to adopt a flag without the confederate battle emblem. Proponents to retain it stated that it is just a symbol of southern pride and southern heritage. My goal with this piece is to expose exactly that of which they are so proud - a heritage that glorifies slavery; a heritage based on racism and hatred; a heritage that committed atrocities and unspeakable acts of savagery; and a heritage dedicated to oppression by using terroristic tactics to instill fear and impose subservience.

Where did the maker find their pattern?

Original to maker

Exhibitions where this quilt was displayed:

Quilts and Human Rights, Michigan State University Museum, January 15 - August 24, 2008

Source of the information on this quilt:

Museum employee

Ownership of this quilt is:

Public- Michigan State University Museum

Quilt owner's name:

Michigan State University Museum

Quilt owner's city:

East Lansing

Quilt owner's county:

Ingham

Quilt owner's state:

Michigan (MI)

Quilt owner's country:

United States

How was this quilt acquired?

Unknown

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

The quilt was made to be used for:

Artwork/wall hanging

Who photographed this quilt?

Pearl Yee Wong

Copyright holder:

MSU Board of Trustees

Cite this Quilt

Magee, Gwendoly. Southern Heritage, Southern Shame. after 2001. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Quilt Project; Michigan State University Museum Collection; Quilts and Human Rights. Published in The Quilt Index, https://quiltindex.org/view/?type=fullrec&kid=12-8-5736. Accessed: 05/28/22

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