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L2010.42.4
L2010.42.4
Lila A. Kelley and Lizzie Shavers
(American, dates unknown)
Garland High School Bears, 1948-1949
Garland, Texas
L2010.42.4
L2010.42.4
Lila A. Kelley and Lizzie Shavers
(American, dates unknown)
Garland High School Bears, 1948-1949
Garland, Texas

Lila A. Kelley and Lizzie Shavers
(American, dates unknown)
Garland High School Bears, 1948-1949
Cottons
Garland, Texas
77 x 63 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2010.42.4

While quilts often commemorate personal and family milestones, they sometimes immortalize public events. According to oral history, this quilt was made to commemorate the success of a high school basketball team from Garland High School. Garland, a segregated, African-American school that operated from 1875 until desegregation in 1955, was located in Bowie County in northeastern Texas.

The quilt includes the embroidered names of school staff members and officials. It also features the school's mascot, a bear, atop a map of Bowie County. Garland High School was located near Dekalb, one of the towns shown on the map. Another locale, inscribed as the "Defense area", refers to the Red River Army Depot.

 
 
 


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