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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tutwiler Quilters coming to Oxford Saturday

Since 2005, Oxford residents have spent about $23,000 on the handmade quilts, pot holders and wall hangings, carefully and meticulously created by the hands of Tutwiler women.

They return again this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of St. Peter’s. Second Baptist Church, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture are all co-sponsoring the event. All the proceeds go to the Tutwiler Quilters’ Cooperative.

The quilters keep 80 percent of the money made from the sales of their crafts. The cooperative was founded in 1988 by Sister Maureen Delany, a Holy Name Sister sent by her order as a community organizer to assist the black Americans in Tutwiler, known to be an economically poor community in the Mississippi Delta. Delany discovered that quilting could be a way of expressing the women’s cultural traditions as well as generating income for the desperately poor families. (October 22, 2010, Page 1A)

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    3 Responses to “Tutwiler Quilters coming to Oxford Saturday”

    1. Rose says:

      This is such a great idea! I spent some of my childhood in Tutwiler Mississippi. That was in the 60′s. I just recently took a trip there and it was very hard to see the buildings I grew up around being torn down and not because new things were going up in their place. I have very fond memories and will continue to hold Tutwiler dear to my heart! Is there a website to order a quilt or items? Blessings for the great work that all of you are doing!

    2. Glenda Griffith says:

      Tutwiler (WTHS)was a wonderful place to have friends in the 1950′s..And, what a creative idea to not only earn money, but to give people a chance to fellowship and add joy to their lives..Nothing lifts the spirits more than spending quality time with friends. And goodness knows we all could use some encouragement during the hard economic times!! This should be an inspiration to people through out our state to inspire them to look for ways to earn money by doing things they love, and by sharing them with people like these folks are doing with the Oxford community!!

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