1840 - 1860 Ann's "Quilt"

Description
“This quilt was made in 1840 by Ann, a colored slave girl 16 yrs. old, who wove and spun and took care of all linen on the plantation of Capt. and Mrs. William Womack (Aunt Patsy and Uncle Billy) in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia. Grandma Adams made her home with Aunt Patsy after mother’s death and inherited her large estate.” So wrote Mrs. Womack’s great-niece, Florence Adams Dubois in a note included in the 1976 donation.
Little is known of the quiltmaker, Ann. She is probably mentioned in William Womack’s will November 1, 1849, “. . . to my beloved wife Martha Womack during her natural life the following Negro slaves to wit, Ann . . . “
Thirty 14-inch blocks appliquéd with a crossed tulip motif are set with a 2-inch tan sashing. A 5/8-inch orange cotton bias strip is seamed to the front, and whipped to the back along three sides. The fourth side has a 1 ½-inch straight strip of cotton seamed to the front, and whipped to the back. While the blocks may have been made in the 1840s, the bedcover was probably assembled some time later.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
date made
1840-1860
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 100 in x 85 in; 253 cm x 216 cm
place made
United States: Virginia, Pittsylvania
ID Number
TE*T18124
accession number
323485
catalog number
T18124
subject
Quilting
Slavery
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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