PLEDGE NOW
Quilters of Gee's Bend
photo

In 1998, art collector William Arnett saw a photograph of Annie Mae Young in Alabama with her great-granddaughter. Behind them were two quilts — one with a strikingly bold medallion of yellow, brown and red surrounded by a sea of denim blue — set to air out on a woodpile.

That striking quilt was the product of a generations-long tradition of quilting by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a five-by-seven mile peninsula on the Alabama River, in the state’s so-called “Black Belt,” southwest of Montgomery, southeast of Selma.

The Gee’s Bend community lived in relative isolation for decades, the descendants of slaves from the area’s cotton plantations. They sewed their quilts from scraps of cloth –corduroy, denim workpants, feed sacks, and brightly colored rags. They sewed them for warmth and with astonishing beauty.

Now, the quilts of their rich tradition are being hailed by The New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced” and are traveling to museums across the country.

Tune in for a conversation with the Quilters of Gee’s Bend.

Guests:

Mary Lee Bendolph, 69-year-old Gee’s Bend quilter

Annie Mae Young, 75-year-old Gee’s Bend quilter

William Arnett, collector who discovered the Gee’s Bend quilters and head of the Tinwood Alliance Foundation based in Atlanta, GA.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 29, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina waves during a rally in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, when Cruz announced he has tapped Fiorina to serve as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Trump and Hillary wins. Bernie lays off. Cruz chooses Carly. Beyonce drops “Lemonade.” Our weekly news roundtable goes beyond the headlines.

Apr 29, 2016
Screengrab from the #MorethanMean video produced by Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. Scroll down to view the video.

Women pushing back. A video by two female sports reporters about online harassment goes viral.

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 29, 2016
Screengrab from the #MorethanMean video produced by Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. Scroll down to view the video.

Women pushing back. A video by two female sports reporters about online harassment goes viral.

 
Apr 29, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina waves during a rally in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, when Cruz announced he has tapped Fiorina to serve as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Trump and Hillary wins. Bernie lays off. Cruz chooses Carly. Beyonce drops “Lemonade.” Our weekly news roundtable goes beyond the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

More »
Comment
 
That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

More »
Comment
 
The Boston Globe Imagines — And Rejects — A President Trump Front Page
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

The Boston Globe editorial page imagines — and rejects — President Donald Trump.

More »
Comment