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I receive email information each week from The Frist Center.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in the fabulous Broadway Post Office, 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, 37203, is hosting a Meet the Members of the Freedom Quilting Bee tomorrow. Never heard of them? Read below to learn the connection between sewing and the civil rights movement.

This beautiful art deco building was purchased by the City of Nashville and renovated in partnership with the Frist Foundation to become a stunning art center in downtown Nashville. The website,, has gorgeous photos of the exterior and interior of the building. If you’re an art deco lover you’ll love to see these photos: Nashville-Frist


Meet members of the Freedom Quilting Bee
Friday, July 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Frist Center Lobby

Members of the Freedom Quilting Bee will be on hand to meet Nashvillians and share the history of their community, their connections to the craft of quilting, and their visions for the future at an informal social hour in the Grand Lobby.

The Freedom Quilting Bee is a nationally recognized quilting cooperative established in 1966 in Alberta, Alabama, as an outgrowth of the civil rights movement. When local people lost their incomes, and sometimes their homes, after registering to vote, women banded together to put their skills to use in order to earn family income and build community. Today, the Freedom Quilting Bee remains one of the oldest cooperatives in the country.

Appreciation to Ali Bellows of ASK Apparel for making it possible for the Freedom Quilting Bee to visit the Frist Center.


Sometimes I wish I still lived in fabulous Nashville!

Here’s some links to more information about the Freedom Quilting Bee
Encyclopedia of Alabama article
FQB History
Gee’s Bend Quilters and FQB


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

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  1. Mary Beth, Thanks for those links. I just spent an inordinate amount of time surfing around looking at photos of some of those quilts and that amazing building!


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