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Cradle quilt

1923.597 (RS32541)

Description

Patchwork diamond pattern; large motifs worked with printed cottons in red, blues, pink, browns, (all floral); green check. Enclosed by squares and diamonds of white cotton and dimity; edged in pink tape printed with geometric pattern; backed with white cotton.

Details

Label
In exhibit at National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution: "Within These Walls" from May 2001- July 2001.
"Cherished Possesions": The January 2, 1837, issue of The Liberator, Boston's abolitionist newspaper, described articles that had been for sale at a recent Anti-Slavery Fair. Included was a description of this quilt, “made of patchwork in small stars” and a transcription of the poem in its center. The Anti-Slavery Fair, held in December 1836, was the third annual fair organized by the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, a group founded early in the 1830s to fight for immediate emancipation. Among many of this group's activities was the organization of annual Anti-Slavery Fairs. The fairs were intended to raise awareness of the abolitionists' cause, but they also became astonishingly successful fund-raisers.
Maker
unknown
Date
1836
Inscriptions
Hand inked: Mother! when around your child/You clasp your arms in love,/And when with grateful joy you raise/Your eyes to God above,-/Think of the negro mother,when/Her child is torn away,/Sold for a little slave-oh then/For that poor mother pray!
Material
calico
cotton (textile)
dimity
quilting
resist dyeing
stitching
Object type
Bedding
Places
Possibly Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
calico
cotton (textile)
dimity
Quilt
quilting
quilts
resist dyeing
stitching
Dimensions
36 1/4 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1923.597
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Edward M. Harris
GUSN
10459

Wallpaper Details

Pattern Name
Evening Star

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