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FQB Legacy is a non-profit created to ensure the heroic, historic, artistic work of the original FQB artisans isn’t lost.
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.
Operating as usual
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A note from some visitors at the Freedom Quilting Bee today.
Thank you! While I am not a FaceBooker, you are welcome to quote Jill & Pamela - ‘We were so impressed by the power of the FQB co-op story that served women and their families for many years…including childcare for their members/workers. Now - the center is holding this history of economic empowerment for women.’ Again - we appreciate your efforts today in helping us make the connection.
Freedom Quilting Bee building was the home of the manufacturing operations for the Women’s co-op from where quilts were made for Bloomingdale’s, Sears & Robuck and other major retailers.
It has been transformed into a museum to celebrate the incredible women and their artistic significance for the communities of Alberta and Gee’s Bend.
The museum will be open to the public. Hours of operations and tour scheduling to be announced.
The Women of Gee’s Bend showed up and showed out!! From airing of some fabulous quilts to story telling with Ms. Tinnie Dale Pettway to quilt workshops - festival goers arrived early and left amazed!!
All photos by Stephen Pitkin of Pitkin Studios.
A few photos from the Airing of the Quilts Festival.
All photos by Stephen Pitkin - Pitkin Studios
The First Airing of the Quilts Festival was great fun for all. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Enjoy some memories of the day at the Gee’s Bend Town Square courtesy of Rubin Bendolph.
Such a fantastic turnout for the first Airing of the Quilts Festival on Saturday!
So many people enjoyed our tranquil hamlet, quilt workshops and exhibits, food and hospitality. They came from all over - Tennessee, London, California, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, New York, Paris, Mississippi, Colorado, and from around the great State of Alabama.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Lots to see and lots to do. Here’s just a few.
Go to GeesBend.org to learn more!
- The inaugural exhibition at the historic Freedom Quilting Bee building will explore the enduring economic, political, and artistic legacy of the Freedom Quilting Bee, the Black women's quilting cooperative in Alberta, Alabama.
- Mosaic: Gee’s Bend and Greg Lauren
This exhibition will feature garments and photographs from Mosaic: Gee’s Bend and Greg Lauren, a collaboration between 14 Gee’s Bend quilters and designer Greg Lauren.
- Gee’s Bend Heritage Trail Unveiling
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the seminal The Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibition, the inauguration of the Gee’s Bend Heritage Trail celebrates the centuries-long tradition of quiltmaking ingenuity in Gee’s Bend. The trail’s grand unveiling will take place during the Gee’s Bend Airing of the Quilts Festival on October 8.
October 8th. Join us in celebration of the quilters, the women, the artisans. Go to GeesBend.org to learn more about the Airing of the Quilts Festival. Register at the site, stay informed about the event and plan your visit for this special day.
Quilt workshops with renowned quilters. Purchase quilts from legacy quilters.
Enjoy the debut of the Quilt Trail along County Road 29 from Alberta to Gee’s Bend Alabama which begins at the Freedom Quilting Bee - 4295 County Road 29, Alberta AL 36720.
You won’t want to miss this event!
Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Freedom Quilting Bee was born as an outgrowth of the civil rights movement as a beacon of hope. Don't miss the Airing of the Quilts Festival October 8! Click here to learn
Mark your calendar! October 8 we will be hosting the first annual Airing of the Quilts Festival! It'll be a rare chance to see some of the vintage quilts made by our original Freedom Quilting Bee quilters, listen to panel discussions on how FQB folks were part of the Selma to Montgomery march, hear choirs and solo gospel artists, enjoy food, history, and much, much more! Stay tuned for more details.
Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, Chairperson for the National Endowment for the Arts has been in Alabama this week. Kim Kelly was fortunate to participate in a round table discussion in Selma AL about the Arts in rural America on behalf of the Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy.
A healthy mouth is a healthy life! We’re proud to announce the recent free dental clinic hosted by Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy helped more than 50 people and completed nearly 100 much-needed dental procedures. Thanks to our Clinic partner the National Association for the Prevention of Starvation (NAPS).
“Art is a catalyst”! The Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Board of Directors is enthusiastic about receipt of $3000 grant to fund Tours of Museums. We will provide transportation and tours to museums throughout the State of Alabama. All participants will engage in forum discussions after the tours and share what they saw and learned and how they were affected by the experiences.
We are grateful to the Black Belt Communuty Foundation for the opportunity to provide this rich cultural experience. A calendar of Tours of Museums will be developed in the near future.
Some 76% of students living in rural areas of Alabama have little to no access to arts education. These 20 grant winners have plans to change that.
Calling all Artists! We’re looking for local artists to submit portfolio pieces in order to be considered in our contest to develop a unique graphic look for our Airing of the Quilts Festival. The selected artist will be paid $1,500 to create the Airing of the Quilts Festival graphic! Download this PDF with all the details.
QuestLove REPRESENTS at the Met Gala last night!! He’s sporting a Greg Lauren and Gee’s Bend quilters jacket. 👊🏾
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Our t-shirts are so popular, we had to re-order to fulfill demand. Now we also offer sizes in 2X and 3X! Get yours today and show your FQBL pride! Order now:
Some fantastic collaborations going on in the Alberta area!
Logo Designed By: Mary Margaret Pettway Mosaic : Gee’s Bend and Greg Lauren, is a collaboration between 14 quilters from Gee's Bend and Greg Lauren, celebrating the ingenious artwork by the women of this community. This project is close to my heart, as I have been immersed in the love of quilts fo...
We are extremely happy and proud to be featured as one of the arts and artists of the Deep South whose work is vital to telling the story of Black American artists. Check it out: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/24/arts/joe-minter-gees-bend-souls-grown-deep.html
From Birmingham to Gee’s Bend, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation is directly investing in Alabama communities where artists and quilters live, work — and struggle.
Wow! The news is really getting out about our incredible $250,000 grant from Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Southern Living covered the story of how we plan to create a new museum dedicated to the legacy of the Bee’s original quilters and freedom fighters: https://www.southernliving.com/travel/alabama/freedom-quilting-bee-legacy-museum-souls-grown-deep-foundation-alberta-al
Creating the Freedom Quilting Bee Heritage Center and Museum is about so much more than repairing an old building.
Check this out! We got some wonderful press on our $250,000 grant, noting that the funds “will be used to repair the collective’s historical building, which will house the Freedom Quilting Bee Heritage Center and Museum.” https://hyperallergic.com/654427/freedom-quilting-bee-legacy-receives-souls-grown-deep-grant-for-alabama-museum/
The Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy, a nonprofit in Alabama, has received a grant from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnership.
What’s your favorite quilt that you’ve made or seen? Post a picture in the comments below and tell us a little about it!
We are so proud and grateful for the recent award of a $250,000 grant. This will go a long way in repairing and restoring our building that will house the FQB museum and classes that will help keep alive the innovative quilting art that developed in Alberta.
Our new website is live! Please check it out and tell us what you think.
Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy Freedom Quilting Bee was born as an outgrowth of the civil rights movement as a beacon of hope. In 1966, local people in the Alberta and Gee's Bend areas of Alabama were being evicted from their homes and losing their jobs after
The sign outside the original Freedom Quilting Bee building, which Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy will be working to renovate!
Freedom Quilting Bee Legacy updated their info in the about section.
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