On this day in 1901, jazz legend Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nicknamed “Satchmo” and “Pops,” Armstrong’s style of playing trumpet and unique gravelly voice made a profound influence on popular music. He was one of the few African-Americans who managed to cross over to mainstream entertainment venues and audiences in the 1960’s when America was still racially divided.

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Mae Arnold, born in 1911 and died in 1987 in Winnsboro, Louisiana, made this Lover’s Links quilt in 1950 completely by hand for her family’s use. A seamstress by trade, Arnold walked with crutches and had to have her husband’s help to lay the cotton batting in her quilts. One of Arnold’s children inherited the quilt and documented it in 2002 as part of the Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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