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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Mammy
Irene Edmondson, Jeannie Dunphy, Tennesse, top
Betty Johnson
, California, quilter
Lawrence, Kansas
1930s, top; 1981, quilting
Cotton
83 1/2” x 99”
MSUM 2008:119.41, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

Several names, including "Mammy" and "Aunt Jemima,” have been given to this quilt. Cuesta was never been able to document the provenance and history of this quilt pattern. She believed, however that no African-American person made this quilt.

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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