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Southern Heritage, Southern Shame

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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: 10/31/20

QUILT INDEX RECORD

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 here

2008:159.1

What is the title of the quilt?

Southern Heritage, Southern Shame

Who made the quilt top?

Magee, Gwendolyn

Who did the quilting?

Magee, Gwendolyn

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

Received as a gift

Where was the quilt made (city)?

Jackson

Where was the quilt made (state)?

Mississippi (MS)

Where was the quilt made (country)?

United States

Choose the time frame that best describes when the quilt was made.

2000-2025

When was the quilt finished?

after 2001

This quilt was made to be used as a

Art or personal expression

How is this quilt used?

Museum collection

Where does/did the quilt maker live (city)?

Jackson

Where does/did the quilt maker live (state)?

Mississippi (MS)

Where does/did the quilt maker live (country)?

United States

What is/was the ethnic or tribal background of the quilt maker?

African American

What type of quilted object is this?

Finished quilt

How wide is the quilt?

32 1/2"

How long is the quilt?

22 1/2"

What is the shape of the quilt edge?

Straight

What is the shape of the corners?

Rounded

What color(s) is the quilt?

Black, Blue, Red, White

What is the best description of the quilt's condition?

Very good/almost new

What is the layout (or set) of the quilt?

Medallion or framed center

How many blocks are in the quilt?

1

How are the blocks arranged in the quilt?

Straight

What types of fiber were used to make the quilt top?

Cotton

Describe any unique fibers used in the quilt top.

Organza

What piecing method was used to make the quilt top?

Machine Piecing

What applique method was used to make the quilt top?

Machine Applique

What fibers were used to make the quilt back?

Cotton

What construction technique was used to finish the edge of the quilt?

Edges turned in/ no separate binding

How are the quilt layers held together?

Machine quilting

Describe the overall quilt design.

In-the-ditch

Describe anything about the physical appearance of the quilt that wasn't already recorded in a previous field.

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.

What is the source of the quilt's pattern?

Original to maker

List all known exhibits where this quilt has been displayed.

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

Other relationship to source: If you chose Other, for the relationship to the source, describe the relationship here.

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 did the owner acquire this quilt?

Unknown

Access and copyright information:

Restricted

The quilt was made to be used for:

Artwork/wall hanging

Who photographed this quilt?

Pearl Yee Wong

Who is the copyright holder?

MSU Board of Trustees

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