Mary Black's Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life
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.
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American Quilt applique Basket of Chips blocks border Brackman Carolina backcountry Charleston chintz Churn Dash clothing Colonial Colonial Revival colors cotton batting Cousin Mag Crazy quilt daughter death dress early family's farm floral Flyfoot gift gift economy Greenville H. R. Black Ibid included Isaac Snoddy J. R. Snoddy Jane Crawford Jane Snoddy journal label Lander Lander University Landrum later Laurel Horton lived Log Cabin marriage married Mary Black Mary Black Foundation Mary Kate Mary Louisa Snoddy Mary Neely Mary's material mills mother Nancy Nannie Narcissa Nazareth Nazareth Church neighbors nineteenth century Orr Black patchwork Patrick Crawford Paul Paul's Crazy quilt Presbyterian Church printed fabrics quilt detail Quilt Patterns quiltmaking records Rosa Benson Snoddy Rosa Snoddy Rosa's Samuel Miller Scots-Irish slaves Snoddy family Snoddy's South Carolina Southern Spartanburg County stitches striped surviving textile Tulip quilt typically Wellford whole-cloth quilts Williamston Wingo women