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The African American Collection

Fleur-de-lis Album
Maker unknown, attributed to a slave
1855
Provenance unknown
Cotton
80” x 80”
MSUM 2000.58.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

According to information given to, the original quilt top was previously acquired in the late 1990s from the estate of 107-year-old Mary Haley, an African-American who lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. However, subsequent research by the MSUM staff reveals that it is more probable that the quilt top was from the estate of Battle Creek resident Olga Haley who died at the age of 104. Her mother, Mary Haley, was born in Kent City, Michigan in 1837 and died in 1864.

From, Great Lakes, Great Quilts.



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