Maker unknown, attributed to a slave
80” x 80”
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
According to information given to, the original quilt top was previously
acquired in the late 1990s from the estate of 107-year-old Mary
Haley, an African-American who lived in Battle Creek, Michigan.
However, subsequent research by the MSUM staff reveals that it is
more probable that the quilt top was from the estate of Battle Creek
resident Olga Haley who died at the age of 104. Her mother, Mary
Haley, was born in Kent City, Michigan in 1837 and died in 1864.
Lakes, Great Quilts.