Lori K. Gordon Collection consists of a quilt which represents the life of Celestine Vivian "Teenie" Labat (1898-2003). The quilt was created by Lori K. Gordon.
Related archival collection: Lori K. Gordon papers,which dates from circa 2004 and measures 0.27 linear feet, contains materials documenting the creation of Gordon’s art quilt “Labat: a Creole Legacy” and the life of Celestine Labat. The collection is comprised of audiocassettes, videocassettes, transcripts, newspaper articles and postcards. Contact the Archivist for more information.
As a Creole living in the Deep South, Celestine Vivian "Teenie" Labat (1898-2003) fought to continue her education past the limits placed by segregation.
Labat left her home of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to live with a white family in Indianapolis who would fund her education in return for household chores. She came to Washington, D.C. where she earned a Bachelors Degree at Howard University before earning her Masters degree at the University of Southern California. Her life was rich in spirit and strength. When artist Lori K. Gordon met Labat in 2001, she was inspired to create "Labat: A Creole Legacy," as "a love letter to a friend."
Lori K. Gordon is an artist, writer, teacher, and founder and president of Six Degree Consortium, which is dedicated to the creation and dissemination of socially significant art. Gordon donated a Labat quilt as well as several archival documents, audio, and video tapes regarding her collection of Labat quilts.
Lori K. Gordon papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lori K. Gordon.
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum