Emancipation Quilts Needed for the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Strength and Grace, quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013.

Strength and Grace, quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013.

Call for quilts – 150 Years of Freedom Stitched in Time

In September of 1862, after the Union’s victory at Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary decree stating that, unless the rebellious states returned to the Union by January 1, freedom would be granted to slaves within those states. The decree also left room for a plan of compensated emancipation. No Confederate states took the offer, and on January 1, 1863 Lincoln presented the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation declared, “all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” From PBS Africans in America.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks quilts for a special exhibit that celebrates the 150-year-anniversary of the the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The exhibit will be part of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 28 – August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA 30349.

Quilt should represent emancipation as interpreted by the quiltmaker.   The focus should be uplifting and positive — a celebration of freedom. It can be an original art quilt or traditional pieced blocks. It can be appliqued and embellished. There are no rules except  dimensions should be under 60 inches.  It must be a completed quilt with a hanging sleeve and a label.

There is no entry fee, but a donation to the Clara Ford Foundation in any amount is welcome and will further the mission of the foundation of sharing quilts. To participate in the exhibit, email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net with your contact information and photos of your quilt no later than July 15, 2013. Drop-off and pick-up arrangements will be made after receipt of your email.

You may mail your donation to Clara Ford Foundation, 505 Stonebriar Way, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 or simply drop your donation in the donation bowl at the show. We look forward to your participation in this important exhibit.

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