SEKY organization aims to revive quilting in Appalachian black culture

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) — The art of quilting has deep significance in Appalachian history, but especially for Appalachian African Americans. An organization hopes to spark an interest in quilting among younger generations.

The Southeastern Kentucky African American Museum and Cultural Center (SEKY AAMCC) has created a video series called “Stories Behind the Quilt,” where Black Appalachians tell the stories behind their family quilts and hold workshops for community members come to work on a quilt with one another.

“One of the things that’s been talked about in the African American community about barbershops and beauty salons and it’s a place where community gatherings come together in one form or another and that’s what happened here,” said Emily Hudson, executive director of SEKY. AAMCC. “That’s what happened here; People came in, gathered, talked, enjoyed, worked on the piece, but it was a community.

Hudson said the first season of the show is made up of four episodes and a season finale where they will reveal the final quilt that was worked in each of the episodes.

You can find the series at Youtube.

The SEKY AAMCC is asking for community support to open the museum. If you are interested in donating, click here.

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James C. Tibbs