View From the Mountain Top
Beverly Ann White
Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan
82 ½" x 48 ½"
Photos by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
Beverly Ann White's quilt "View from the Mountain Top" was
made to teach students, family, and friends about important heroes in
African-American history. The quilt features appliquéd and embroidered
portraits of Medgar Evers, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Harriet Tubman, Frances E. W. Harper, Sojourner Truth, Mary McLeod Bethune,
Frederick Douglass, Ralph Bunche, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Dubois.
Of "View from the Mountain Top, White says,
"I cannot chronicle the brave and valiant fight of each and everyone
of the honorable souls who have fought for the rights of African-Americans
throughout the history of the United States; I can, however, attempt to
show several of those heroes who have impressed me. May GOD and those
who are not represented here forgive me and perhaps their souls will move
other African-Americans to produce more and more quilts that will extol
their efforts and keep the struggle alive to ensure the ultimate goal
of equality for all."
White (left) donated her quilts "View from the Mountain Top"
and "Nelson Mandela" to the Michigan State University
Museum in November 2003. The GLQC/MSU Museum's Michigan African
American Quilt Collection includes over thirty-five quilts, as well
as documentary materials, which reflect the wide range of individual
styles and traditions found with the Michigan African-American quilting
community. Quilts from this collection have been featured in the
American Quiltmaking in Michigan, edited by Marsha MacDowell
(right) (Michigan State University Press, 1997).