On this day in 1868, African American educator and race leader John Hope was born in Augusta, Georgia. His father was Scottish-born and his mother was a free African American woman born in Hancock County, Georgia. The couple lived openly as husband and wife, although Georgia law prohibited interracial marriage until 1967. At age 38, Hope became the first black president of Morehouse College—the alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr., and twenty-three years later became president of Atlanta University.

Young John Drake of Atlanta, Georgia, made this Lord’s Prayer quilt in 1928. Drake was around 9 or 10 years of age when he hand pieced and hand quilted the piece with a “little help from his grandmother.” Drake’s sister inherited the quilt and she documented it during the Michigan Quilt Project.

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