Strip Medallion quilt

Annie Mae Young American

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This quilt started William Arnett, the founder of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, on his quest to collect and exhibit quilts made in the Gee’s Bend area. In 1997 he saw an image of Young with this quilt draped over her woodpile in order to display it to visiting quilt historian and photographer Roland L. Freeman. Arnett was so struck by the extraordinary vitality of the medallion quilt, with its glowing center of strips of corduroy surrounded by a wide border of pieced denim, that he arranged to visit Young. That visit, and the purchase of this work, led to Arnett meeting more than 150 other quilt makers from the area. In the course of many visits over a four-year period, he purchased hundreds of quilts, twenty of which are now in The Met’s collection.

Strip Medallion quilt, Annie Mae Young (American, Boykin, Alabama 1928–2012 Alberta, Alabama), Top: cotton and cotton-polyester blend; back: cotton-polyester blend

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