Rag Quilting of the Rice, Indigo, and Cotton Plantations of the Lowcountry
Sharon Cooper-Murray is a native of South Carolina. After attending college in Tennessee, she arrived on Wadmalaw Island, SC, where she was first introduced to the Gullah language. She was fascinated by the tone and rhythm of this unique Creole language. That was the beginning of what became her life-long passion: the Gullah culture, their stories, folk music, crafts, food ways, religious folkways – in short, their way of life.
This presentation travels the road of survival for African Americans, and the innovative adaptation of materials for use other than the original design. Experience rag quilting social gathering traditions through use of narration, interpretation, exhibits, and hands-on activities.