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On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 15

The peacemaker and the piecemaker
On this day in 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King earned a doctorate degree in theology, and led the first major civil rights protest for racial equality in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.  Dr. King was instrumental in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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This hand pieced and hand quilted “Lord’s Prayer” quilt was made by John Drake in 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia. Drake was 9 or 10 years old when he made the quilt with “a little help” from his grandmother. Drake’s brother, who lives in Michigan, inherited the quilt and documented it as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Sources:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/martin-luther-king-jr-born

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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