On this day in 1917, jazz pianist Theolonius Monk was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He moved to New York City with his parents and two siblings at the age of five and started playing piano at age six. He was mostly self-taught, but took some classes at Julliard School of Music. Monk became the second-most recorded jazz composer (after Duke Ellington) and was one of only five jazz musicians to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Burrah Williams of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, hand pieced and hand quilted this “Babies First Star” or “Hexagonal Star” quilt in 1932. Williams used scrap fabric for the top and purchased backing fabric at Charles [store?] for $.10/yard. The quiltmaker documented her quilt as part of the North Carolina Quilt Project.

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