On this day in 1913, future civil-rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama to a teacher and a carpenter. She was of African, Cherokee-Creek, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Parks received many national awards for her achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

Sherry Shine of East Orange, New Jersey, made this 46” x 36” painted and machine quilted wholecloth piece, titled “Fearless” in 2009. The quilt was included in the exhibition “Journey to Hope,” curated by Carolyn L. Mazloomi. From Shine’s statement about her piece: “Rosa Parks and President Barack Obama are two iconic figures who changed the face of history with the understanding that greatness is never given–it must be earned.” The quilt is now in the permanent collection of Michigan State University Museum.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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