Event held at the National Museum of Natural History. Hosted by Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
Members of the Xoregos Performing Company of New York read the play 'Quilting the Sun,' written by poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri. 'Quilting the Sun' is the story of former slave Harriet Powers, who was born in rural Georgia in 1837. Powers became a master quiltmaker and leader of her community. The reading of the play explored post Civil War attitudes between Whites and Blacks, the humor and strife of everyday life, and African and Christian myths and music, and one extraordinary woman's life. Writer Grace Cavalieri and researcher Gladys-Marie Fry spoke about their work and addressed questions from the audience. The event was held on March 18, 2003 in the Baird Auditorium of the National Museum of Natural History.
Performance. Audio only. Dated 20030318.
Quilting the Sun, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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