Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Black Studies Program

First Advisor

Ahmad Shokr

Second Advisor

Robert Weinberg


The quilters of Gee’s Bend have experienced an incredible transformation within their community as a result of the outside discovery of their quilts. After multiple interventions during which the quilts were taken out of their original context, the women have risen to fame in the art and quilt worlds. In this thesis, I examine the transformation that both the community and their quilting tradition have undergone as a result of the aforementioned interventions.