Slavery Quilt by Susan McEntee Comeaux

by Allison Wilbur on February 21, 2011

Slavery Quilt by Susan McEntee Comeaux

Slavery Quilt

Susan McEntee Comeaux

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

This quilt is part of a series, which pays homage to the quilts of African American slaves. The fertility motif is from an appliquéd crib quilt made by slaves for personal use. The inkjet image on silk is an original drawing. It is believed quilts were used in the south as forms of communication in the Underground Railroad movement to help slaves seeking their freedom to escape north before and during the American Civil War.  It is an understatement to say that African American women were victims of violence during the time of slavery in the United States. Women still face tremendous violence on a global scale. I do believe the long arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, and conditions will improve for the lives of women.  We have made progress and we continue to make progress in the United States since the Civil War, and I pray that women will know freedom from the violence of war and abuse in all nations. This quilt is a reminder to look back in history to find the inspiration we need to reach up, and each in our small way, to help bend that arc towards justice.

I am privileged to make things with my hands.  I believe it is better to create and in creating I feel solidarity with women who also make things with their hands from all villages of our planet.

[The views expressed on this page are those of the Quilt creator and do not necessarily reflect those of Quilt for Change or Quilt Challenge sponsors]

Phyllis Su Melancon August 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Hi
I have been trying to locate you far some time in reference to your quilt. Please email me with a phone number where I can contact you. Thank you so much. Phyllis Su Melancon. 228 Ramblewood Drive. Lafayette 70508.

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