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Gee's Bend project

Repository: Birmingham Public Library. Department of Archives & Manuscripts

Collection Description (CRHP): Interview topics for this collection include the origins of the Freedom Quilting Bee, race relations, and multiple facets of the Gee's Bend community.

Collection Description (Extant): Situated within a deep bend of the Alabama River in Wilcox County, the African American community of Gee's Bend remained unchanged and relatively free of outside influence for decades. Hoping to document this community's history and way of life, in 1980 the Birmingham Public Library commissioned Alabama writer Kathryn Tucker Windham and photographer John Reese to interview and photograph residents of the Bend. In 1994 the library produced Looking Back at Gee's Bend using photos selected by Reese. This collection contains photographs, oral history interviews and a narrative history of the community written by Windham.

Date(s): 1979-1981

Digital Status: Unknown

Existing IDs: AR 398

Finding Aid: Finding aid is available at the repository.

Language: English

Interviewees: Maggie Bennett, Mary Etta Calhoun, Nellie Irby Young, Julian Brown, William Brown, Willie Pettway, Minder Coleman, Raymond Hall, Nettles Ivey, Mr. and Mrs. Bill (W.J.) Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Hargrove Kennedy, Dr. and Mrs. Renwick Kennedy, Braxton LeCroy, Edgar Mooney, Lulu Palmer, Arie A. Pettway, Clint Pettway, Indiana Pettway, Lucy Pettway, Margaret Ann Pettway, China Pettway

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African Americans--Alabama
Freedom Quilting Bee (Organization : Ala.)
Gee's Bend (Ala.)




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