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Gee's Bend

What is Gee's Bend?

Gee's Bend (or Boykin) is located in a rural Alabama community, once owned by the Gee Family and later the Pettway's, who maintained  a cotton plantation beginning in the early 19th Century. 

This isolated area is at a bend of the Alabama River in Wilcox County.

Many descendants of former slaves, who worked on the plantation, still reside in this community. The women became especially well known for their unique style of quilt making..


The Gee's Bend Tradition-- Exhibit Extended through May 6th!
Front (from left to right): Loretta Bennett, Log Cabin with Cracks, 2014; Leola Pettway, Star of Bethlehem with Satellite Stars Quilt, 1991; Mary Lee Bendolph, Get Ready, 2006

LeRonn Brooks, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies, Lehman College
Talk: Contemporary African American Quilts
Thursday, February 19 @ 2:00 PM
Susan Hoeltzel, Art Gallery Director, Lehman College
Gallery tour in conjunction with Arts & Humanities Graduate Student Reception
Thursday, February  19 @ 7:00 PM 
Sandra Sider, PhD, Artist, Author, Critic, Curator
Talk: Transforming Tradition: Gee's Bend Quilts and Prints
Tuesday, March 10 @ 12:30 PM
Video Screenings
The Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend
Gee's Bend: Printmakers
Thursday, March 12 @ 1:00 PM
Loretta Bennett, Artist
Quilting workshop -
FEE: $25 Enrollment limited
Monday, March 16 @ 2:00 PM
followed by
Exhibition Reception
Monday, March 16 @ 6:00-8:00 PM, Remarks @ 7:00 PM
Linda Day Clark, MFA, Photographer and Professor of Art, Coppin State College
Talk: The Gee's Bend Photographs
Wednesday, March 18 @ 2:00 PM

The Honorable Judge Jo Celeste Pettway: A Dialogue with the First Black Female Elected or Appointed to the State Bench in Alabama
Introduction by Dr. Anny Morobel-Sosa, Provost and Sr. V.P. for Academic Affairs and moderated by Dawn Ewing-Morgan
Speech & Theatre Building - Studio Theatre

Wednesday, April15, 2015 @ 4 PM

Maureen Daly Goggin, PhD, Author and Professor of Rhetoric, Arizona State University 

Talk: The Art of Gee's Bend Quilts

Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 AM and 6 PM


Maureen Daly Goggin, PhD, Author and Professor of Rhetoric, Arizona State University
Talk: The Art of Gee's Bend Quilts
Studio Theater
Thursday, April 23 @ 2 PM

Joseph Tirella, Acting Director of Media Relations and Author of Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America

Talk: Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Fight for Civil Rights

Thursday, April 23 at 12:30 PM

In collaboration with The City and The Humanities Program