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Stitching for the Red Cross in Tennessee.

On this day in 1881, the American National Red Cross was founded in Washington, D.C. Founders Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons started the organization to provide humanitarian aid to victims of war and natural disasters in affiliation with the International Red Cross, for whom Barton had worked during the Franco-Prussian War.

 

Lillie Fowler Lovett and Red Cross volunteers in Greeneville, Tennessee hand made this Red Cross Quilt around 1917 during the First World War. The relative who inherited the quilt documented it as part of the Quilts of Tennessee project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.

Source:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-red-cross-founded


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