Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy

Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy FQB Legacy is a non-profit created to ensure the heroic, historic, artistic work of the original FQB artisans isn’t lost.
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Our mission is multi-layered:

To celebrate and teach about the work and accomplishments of those women (and men) past, present and future, who made the Bee such a powerful artistic and community force.
--To offer real economic opportunities for a new generation of quilt makers and artisans.
--To provide solutions to community needs, such as Internet access and voter registration for those who oth

erwise couldn’t access it.
--To advance our plans to draw tourism to the area and offer a deeper experience of the FQB Legacy history and current activities, with shops, lodging, classes and interactive exhibits.
--To preserve the past and evolve into the future by creating jobs, building wealth and teaching life skills to enhance our community. Our Vision
Just as the original Freedom Quilting Bee was a juggernaut for change in women’s lives, families’ futures and the community at large, Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy has broad and powerful goals for its future. Economic opportunity and personal dignity for black women are at the heart of our vision. We plan to develop the property here in Alberta, Alabama to draw tourism, historians and textile fans. In the future, we envision:

--A café and gift shop, cabins for rent (there is currently no lodging in the area) and housing for artists and workshop instructors that will travel from abroad. Studio space for painting and music.
--Workshops and classrooms where our local artists can teach their skills to new generations of children who can learn about the proud history of their great grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, aunts, and sisters.
--A library and technology lab (the nearest library right now is 35 miles away).
--An event center, day care center and senior activity center.
--A walking and biking trail to promote basic low impact exercising to contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
--Events and celebrations, such as weddings, reunions and more, being held on this rich and historic Blackbelt soil.

Wishing all of our friends a fabulous holiday season!
12/25/2023

Wishing all of our friends a fabulous holiday season!

Our gift shop is open with fabulous items for giving for Christmas. There’s much to choose from.  Quilts! Books! Mugs! H...
12/21/2023

Our gift shop is open with fabulous items for giving for Christmas.

There’s much to choose from.
Quilts! Books! Mugs! Hats! Doormats by Claudia Pettway Charley! Tee-Shirts!

Come see us at 4295 County Road 29, Alberta AL 36720. You can make purchases and we’ll ship after the holiday. 334-573-2065.

Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Smoke Detector Distribution Project in collaboration with the American Red Cross. Community outreach promoting home safe...
12/16/2023

Smoke Detector Distribution Project in collaboration with the American Red Cross.

Community outreach promoting home safety. Thanks and Ashley Savage-Stewart.

Our Black Friday Special ends December 15th. Gift that special someone a quilt workshop!Purchase at the Black Friday  Sp...
12/10/2023

Our Black Friday Special ends December 15th. Gift that special someone a quilt workshop!

Purchase at the Black Friday Special price and use it for any of our scheduled quilt workshops.

Call 334-573-2065 to purchase and to schedule.

12/04/2023
Promote and support!!
12/04/2023

Promote and support!!

Please consider purchasing a Children's Trust Fund tag. Funding goes to support community-based programs such as BAMA Kids, Inc.

The Carry on the Legacy - Gee's Bend Quilt Auction is OPEN, closes on December 13th!!  Bid and acquire a fabulous Christ...
12/02/2023

The Carry on the Legacy - Gee's Bend Quilt Auction is OPEN, closes on December 13th!!

Bid and acquire a fabulous Christmas gift for someone special.

These women are amazing artists and they have contributed their work for the benefit of the Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy.

Read their stories about the quilts and connect with them and the women who made a difference in their lives - it's powerful testimony.

Make fundraising easier with the premier nonprofit auction software. CharityAuctionsToday’s online auction software helps schools, nonprofits, and even individuals.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell will be in Wilcox County on November 27th. Come join her at 10:30am at the Water & Sewer Dist...
11/25/2023

Congresswoman Terri Sewell will be in Wilcox County on November 27th. Come join her at 10:30am at the Water & Sewer District - 212 Claiborne St. In Camden.

When you are home for the Thanksgiving Holiday stop in to the Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Museum.  We are open Friday an...
11/22/2023

When you are home for the Thanksgiving Holiday stop in to the Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Museum. We are open Friday and Saturday 10am-3pm. 4295 County Rd 29, Alberta AL 36720

See how the community has honored your loved ones and respected their importance in the worlds of art, fashion and culture.

Too good to miss!
11/17/2023

Too good to miss!

Come to the Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Museum while you’re home for Thanksgiving next week!
11/16/2023

Come to the Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Museum while you’re home for Thanksgiving next week!

It’s the LAST DAY to register to receive free smoke detectors from the American Red Cross. Call us today before 2pm!
11/15/2023

It’s the LAST DAY to register to receive free smoke detectors from the American Red Cross. Call us today before 2pm!

Gift someone in your life a quilt workshop experience with the Gee’s Bend quilters. Purchase a Black Friday Sale! gift c...
11/15/2023

Gift someone in your life a quilt workshop experience with the Gee’s Bend quilters. Purchase a Black Friday Sale! gift certificate and use it for any of our scheduled quilt workshops. A $200 value for $150.

Call us and we’ll schedule the monthly workshop date of their choice. Talk about flexibility!

The sale runs until December 15th for use at any one of our Monthly Quilt Workshops!

Make them feel special!

Shout out to our newest followers! We’re excited to have you. The museum will be open everyday next week EXCEPT Thursday...
11/14/2023

Shout out to our newest followers! We’re excited to have you. The museum will be open everyday next week EXCEPT Thursday.

Stop in. Say hello.

The museum is a special place we hope you will join us.

Debbie Major, Salaam Green, Teresa Sandifer, Maribeth Sala-Gietzen

REMINDER!! Alabama Department of Public Health is  offering a Free  Breast and Cervical Cancer screening opportunityNove...
11/14/2023

REMINDER!! Alabama Department of Public Health is offering a Free Breast and Cervical Cancer screening opportunity

November 15th - 10am-3pm at the Rural Health Clinic on 2210 AL-221 in Camden.

Gift someone in your life a quilt workshop experience with the Gee’s Bend quilters. Purchase a Black Friday Sale! gift c...
11/13/2023

Gift someone in your life a quilt workshop experience with the Gee’s Bend quilters. Purchase a Black Friday Sale! gift certificate and use it for any of our scheduled quilt workshops. A $200 value for $150.

Call us and we’ll schedule the monthly workshop date of their choice. Talk about flexibility!

The sale runs until December 15th for use at any one of our Monthly Quilt Workshops!

Ms. Loretta Pettway Bennett is featured Southern Living - December 2023 issue.  She is a member of the FQB Legacy Board ...
11/11/2023

Ms. Loretta Pettway Bennett is featured Southern Living - December 2023 issue. She is a member of the FQB Legacy Board of Directors.

Too much good stuff!  Ms. Francesca Charley sharing her story and love for her family and heritage. ❤️
11/08/2023

Too much good stuff! Ms. Francesca Charley sharing her story and love for her family and heritage. ❤️

“My family is the reason why I am who I am today. I wouldn't have any of this without my mother and my grandmother getting me into it. It is something so beautiful for me. I'm going to always include it in my life. My grandmother is the one who started me quilting. It started when I was 10. She had me put together a nine-by-nine block. Even though I don't live down here, I spent every single summer down here. She is more traditional when it comes to her style, while I am obsessed with patterns. Our styles are different, but they still complement each other very well. I love to see what my grandmother makes. As a child, I didn’t do good with being patient. I definitely grew a sense of patience when it comes to sewing and making these because it takes so much patience with whatever it is that you’re working on and yourself especially. Patience is such a huge virtue when it comes to all of this work. It definitely helps me with my schoolwork and helps me with people as well to not get as angry as fast. It's an overall huge life enhancer for me. Carrying on the tradition is probably one of the biggest things here and I'm really glad to do that because there's not a lot of young quilters. I'm really excited to do this and hopefully I continue with my son or daughter if I so choose to have one.” - Francesca Charley, an anthropology student at UA. Her family has been quilting for over a century starting with her great-grandmother Malissa Pettway.

Charley wants to become a forensic osteologist. “I will be in the lab and working in the field whenever a body shows up in a place where it should not because of foul play. I will be trying to figure out who this person was and their life and try to bring them the justice that they deserve. Sometimes when cases go cold and you never figure out what happened to them, their family is left hurt because they don't know what happened to their baby. So, it would just be bringing their families a peace of mind that they deserve.”

See more stories on alabamanewscenter.com.

Interesting and informative programs at the Lowndes County Interpretive Center.  There’s a rural health fair on November...
11/06/2023

Interesting and informative programs at the Lowndes County Interpretive Center.

There’s a rural health fair on November 18th.

There’s a video presentation and discussion on the rural water quality project on November 29th.

Mark your calendars!

The Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit called "Crossroads: Change in Rural America" is being presented at the Lowndes Interpretive Center.

Go to Black Belt Treasures today and have your professional photo taken.  The photos will be shown in Selma this weekend...
11/02/2023

Go to Black Belt Treasures today and have your professional photo taken.
The photos will be shown in Selma this weekend and you will be emailed your photo. Should be fun! Spread the word. Please let any others know. This is FREE!

The Red Cross and Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy have partnered to provide FREE SMOKE DETECTORS to households in Alberta, B...
11/01/2023

The Red Cross and Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy have partnered to provide FREE SMOKE DETECTORS to households in Alberta, Boykin, Catherine, Flatwood, Safford, Orrville and surrounding communities.
Register by November 15th to receive up to FOUR per household.

INSTALLATION also provided by the Red Cross if you need it.

Call 334-573-2065 to register. Pick up and install dates will be determined later.

Alabama Dept of Public Health has partnered with Rural Health. They are holding a cancer screening event on site at the ...
10/31/2023

Alabama Dept of Public Health has partnered with Rural Health. They are holding a cancer screening event on site at the Yellow Bluff-Camden Health Center.
NOVEMBER 15th 10am-3pm.

This should prove a great opportunity.
10/31/2023

This should prove a great opportunity.

Join us Sunday, November 12th to hear guest speaker, Ben Raines, author of – The Discovery of the Clotilda, the Last Slave Ship. “The incredible true story of the last ship to carry ens…

Ms. Gloria Carey, granddaughter of Ms. Rachel Carey George, admiring her grandmother’s quilt. “My Way” was selected as t...
10/26/2023

Ms. Gloria Carey, granddaughter of Ms. Rachel Carey George, admiring her grandmother’s quilt.

“My Way” was selected as the signature theme quilt for the 2023 Airing of the Quilts Festival. It had been a long time since Gloria had seen this quilt made in 1970. Here she is showing off her pride on the front page of the Wilcox County Progressive Era.

Shout out to our newest followers! Excited to have you onboard!  Keep an eye on our feed to get involved in some good st...
10/25/2023

Shout out to our newest followers! Excited to have you onboard! Keep an eye on our feed to get involved in some good stuff.

We now have monthly quilt workshops taught by local artists. November 18th 9am-3pm is the next one! Reserve your spot by calling 334-573-2065.

Shirley Young, Mary Young, Vudha Barman, Pamela Mingo, Teresa Carroll

Address

4295 County Road 29
Alberta, AL
36720

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

+13345732065

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