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Zinnia
Leona Johnson
Monrovia, Liberia
1992
94" x 96"
Cotton with polyester filling
MSU Museum Accession 7435.2
Photo by Mary Whalen, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Modern-day Liberia was founded in the early 1800s largely by freed slaves from the United States and records listed seamstresses among some of the earliest settlers.

Though the history of quilting in Liberia has been traced to the nineteenth century, self-help qulting cooperatives established in the last quarter of the 20th century have quickly grown in membership and productivity.

From Great Lakes, Great Quilts.


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