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Liberian Star
Leona Johnson
Monrovia, Liberia
1992
96" x 101"
Cotton with polyester filling
MSU Museum Accession 7435.1
Photo by Mark Eifert, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

The quilt was brought to Flint, Michigan by the maker's sister's son, Rev. Emmanuel Bailey. Bailey goes to Monrovia, Liberia about every 6 months to see his relatives and to work on the building of an orphanage for the victims of war. He orders quilts and re-sells them in the United States.

Many Liberian quilters are descendents of American Slaves. Popular patterns include the Lone Star and Whig Rose (or Zinnia variation).


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