On this day in 1895, William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman was born in Harper, Liberia. Tubman is known as the “father of modern Liberia,” serving as its 19th President. Tubman’s grandparents were part of a group of 69 slaves who were freed from slavery in Augusta, Georgia and sent to live in Liberia by Emily Tubman, a philanthropic woman.

This all-handmade quilt, titled “Liberian Star,” was made by Leona Johnson of Monrovia, Liberia in 1992. From the Quilt Index record: “The quilt was brought to Flint, Michigan by the maker’s sister’s son, Rev. Emmanuel Bailey. Emmanual goes to Monrovia, Liberia about every 6 months to see his relatives and to work on the building of an orphanage for the victims of war.” The quilt was purchased along with one other by Johnson for the Michigan State University Museum Collection.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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