Quilts can last generations. Some tell family stories. Others are made for special occasions — such as the first African-American Quilt Show on Feb.11 at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring.
About 150 people attended the show to see 18 quilts, which were not for sale. They were made only to be on display, but each told a meaningful story.
“The notable theme is that the quilts were inspired by African-American history,” said Jeffrey Getek, a Riderwood spokesman.
Thirteen of the quilts were designed and made by residents. One was made in South Africa; others were made from cotton imported from Africa.
Dorothy Sojourner, a Riderwood resident, displayed a multi-colored nylon quilt that was given to her as a gift by her husband’s family in South Carolina in the 1950s, Getek said. Another resident, Audrey Smedley, displayed a pink-and-blue quilt that her great-grandmother gave her when she was 4.
Riderwood’s Quilt Club and the African-American History Club produced the inaugural show.
Other themes included scenes from the Caribbean; photos celebrating President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012; and symbols of the Underground Railroad.
The show was part of Riderwood’s celebration of Black History Month throughout February.
The African-American History Club will sponsor a presentation by historian and author Robert Ewell Green on Wednesday. On Friday, the club and the Riderwood Performing Arts Committee will present a concert by Raymond Jackson and Company, and on Sunday the Dee Cee Harmonizers & Cheryl Nelson will perform in Riderwood’s chapel.
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