Wednesday, August 31, 7 pm
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
Rockville, MD 20850
For the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) commissioned a quilt to visualize the stories of people, places, and events in every Maryland county and Baltimore City before, at the time of, or after the ratification of Article 24. The Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt, designed by Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither, fiber artist and quilt designer, is currently on display at the Red Brick Courthouse. Peerless Rockville welcomes Dr. Gaither as she shares the stories depicted from all over Maryland and discusses how over 400 people and 20 organizations volunteered more than 6,000 hours to create the quilt. Dr. Gaither encourages guests to celebrate their own personal histories and stories as part of a collective narrative and preserve them in quilt formats to live on as human American stories for generations to come.
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About the artist: Artist/teacher/activist/art advocate for children, Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither has designed, pieced, and created documentary story quilts since 2000. Gaither’s sense of urgency and passion encourages community members to capture oral histories and memories from the aging storytellers in the community and preserve them in quilt formats to live on as human American stories for generations to come.