African American quilts from the Robert and Helen Cargo Collection, a traveling exhibition developed by the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be on display in the History Center Galleries at the Pasadena Museum of History from May 12 through August 5.
The exhibit features 30 quilts from the southeastern USA by quilters Dennis Jones, Mary Maxtion, Lureca Outland, Martha Jane Pettway, Sarah Mary Taylor, Yvonne Wells and Lucile Young, dating from the 1930s to the 1990s. These extraordinary works of textile art reflect broad scope of African-American quilting and celebrate the diverse traditions of American quilting and cultural heritage.
The privately held Robert and Helen Cargo Quilt Collection is widely recognized as one of the most significant quilt collections in the United States. It includes over 1,500 quilts and 400 quilt tops. The collection concentrates primarily on quilts from Alabama.