Mark Black's Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life

Mark Black's Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life


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Mark Black's Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life by Laurel Horton

Mary Black's Family Quilts utilizes a remarkable collection of sixteen quilts to tell the story of a family through six generations and access the material behavior associated with quiltmaking traditions. The daughter of a prominent farmer, Mary Louisa Snoddy Black (1860-1927) is remembered in the Spartanburg, South Carolina, region for the hospital named in her honor and for the philanthropic foundation that continues to support community health and wellness. Laurel Horton explores the even more tangible legacy Black left to her descendants--trunks full of quilts made by women of the family, each labeled with detailed information about its origin and significance. Pairing the information from the labels with research culled from interviews, letters, and public documents, Horton stitches together the family's history across the fabric of two centuries as she explores the roles of women as keepers of home, hearth, and history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570036101
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laurel Horton is an independent folklorist and internationally recognized textile scholar. A native of Kentucky, she holds an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The former president of the American Quilt Study Group, she edited Uncoverings, AQSG's annual volume of research papers from 1987 to 1993. Horton directed the South Carolina Quilt Project for the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum from 1983 to 1985 and has published more than thirty articles on quiltmaking traditions. She lives in Seneca, South Carolina.

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