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HAVE YOU HEARD THE CALL?

HONORING THE ANCESTORS THROUGH TEXTILE ARTS, MIXED MEDIA, & RESEARCH PRESENTATION

NAAQC

June 19th-22nd, 2024

LAWRENCE, KS

Are you ready for a National African American Quilt Convention unlike any you’ve attended before?

Join us as we honor the call of the ancestors and celebrate the culmination of 10 years of research on the Underground Railroad and post-slavery life for women in Lawrence KS and beyond. This convention will feature a series of textile and mixed media art exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, and an intergenerational healing ceremony. It will also feature a research discussion panel that will, through Q&A format, tell the stories of Maria Rodgers Martin and Sarah Elizabeth Taylor Lawton. This newfound research addresses the complexity of being an enslaved American on the MO/KS border during the Civil War. We aim to confront your preconceived understanding of enslaved persons and offer the opportunity to collectively explore questions answers to questions like: “What is freedom? And who is truly free?” 

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STORIES FOR ALL

Join us at the Black Archives Of Mid-America on June 19th for an enlightening research presentation and panel discussion led by Marla Arna Jackson. Learn the stories of the remarkable Maria Rodgers Martin & Sarah Elizabeth Taylor Lawton, two previously enslaved women who sought freedom in Lawrence, KS.

This panel discussion will feature a distinguished array of researchers and historians, who will lead us in a collective exploration of questions like “What is freedom? And who is truly free?”

The event will also highlight keynote speaker Diane Miller, former director of the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, Kansas State Representative Marvin Robinson’s role call of the 91 African American Union Soldiers from Douglas County, and Brenda Pitts’ recount of John Anthony Copeland’s role as one of the 21 raiders who stormed the Federal Armory at Harper’s Ferry, VA.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to immerse yourself in pivotal Civil War and Underground Railroad research. Deepen your understanding of these significant narratives by registering now and joining us for a night of discovery and tribute as we share Stories for All.

NAAQC EVENTS

Join us for the National African American Quilt Convention, a vibrant celebration of African American quilting, textile arts, and historical research that honors the legacy of notable figures in the fight for freedom during the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. This year’s convention features a series of enlightening events designed to educate, inspire, and foster a deeper understanding of African American history and culture.

June 19th: Opening Receptions + Research Panel Discussion at Black Archives of Mid-America Kansas City

June 20th: “Have You Heard the Call of the Ancestors” Talk at Watkins Museum of History

June 21st: Slave Quilt Presentation and Sankofa: Lessons Learned book signing at Spencer Museum of Art

June 22nd: Closing Reception with Intergenerational Healing Ceremony & Meal at Carnegie Building

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