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Southern Heritage, Southern Shame
Gwendolyn Magee
Jackson, Mississippi
Cotton, organza, cording
33 1/2” x 22 1/2”
MSUM 2008:159.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

"This quilt is my response to the failure of the April 17, 2001 referendum for the State of Mississippi to adopt a flag without the confederate battle emblem. Proponents to retain it stated that it is just a symbol of southern pride and southern heritage. My goal with this piece is to expose exactly that of which they
are so proud - a heritage that glorifies slavery; a heritage based on racism and hatred; a heritage that committed atrocities and unspeakable acts of savagery; and a heritage dedicated to oppression by using terroristic tactics to instill fear and impose

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