Little Brown Koko
80" x 57"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.5, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU
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
By Mary Worrall, from the exhibit Unpacking
Collections: the Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American