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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection


Little Brown Koko
Jeannie Cuddy
Mankato, Minnesota
1943
80" x 57"
Cotton
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.5, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Cuesta’s collection included examples of depictions of African-American stereotypes. The designs in this quilt were inspired by a series of stories about a small boy, his family, and friends that were published in the 1930s-40s in the magazine Household from Capper's Publishing, Topeka, Kansas.

Cuesta, like the MSU Museum, was interested in collecting all aspects of quiltmaking, even when the quilts or other objects are offensive racial and ethnic stereotypes. These quilts and other materials document that racism and ethnic stereotypes have occurred throughout history.

By Mary Worrall, from the exhibit Unpacking Collections: the Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar




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