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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Rafiki
Carole Harris
Detroit, Michigan
1992
Cotton
35” x 35”
MSUM 2008:119.20, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

Rafiki means friendship in Swahili and was made in honor of Nelson Mandela obtaining his freedom.

"Carole and I have also been friends for a long time. She was the first African American quiltmaker that I knew who made Art Quilts. She has never made any other kind. She has always been an original quilt artist, influenced perhaps by her training. She is a Fine Arts graduate from Wayne State University, but she preferred to work with fabric instead of painting." – Cuesta Benberry, information that was with the quilt collection.

By Mary Worrall, from the exhibit Unpacking Collections: the Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar


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