63" x 74"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.3, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU
Minnie Benberry was Cuesta’s mother-in-law. During the Great
Depression, the government hired artists and craftspersons to make
quilts as a part of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.).
Cuesta discovered that a W.P.A. social worker working in rural western
Kentucky gave this quilt’s tulip pattern to quilters in the
region. The farm families, scattered over a wide area, were unaware
that other families had received the same pattern. When the women
gathered in the spring at the churchyard to quilt their tops they
were surprised that they each had used the same pattern. They decided
to name the pattern “W.P.A. Tulip.”
By Mary Worrall, from the exhibit Unpacking
Collections: the Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American