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African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy (Marla Quilts, Inc.)

Based in Lawrence, Kansas, the African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy's youth programming, established in 2004, explores the Underground Railroad and struggles for freedom stories via visual literacy and textiles.

Owner Marla Jackson has taught some 500 students how to research, design and showcase African-American stories through quilts and multi-media.The Textile Academy utilizes her "Beyond the Book" curriculum including textile dyeing, sewing, design and quilting to visualize African-American stories. Examples of their Underground Railroad themed quilts include John Brown, the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, and Harriet Tubman. A 2014 project with Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will explore the life of an enslaved seamstress, Maria Rodgers Martin, who was enslaved at the Robert A. Brown House, a Network to Freedom site in Missouri and found freedom in Kansas.

Jackson is a nationally known visual artist recognized for her Story Quilts. She recently completed a term as artist-in-residence for Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka where she helpedstudents explore their African-American heritage. "I am particularly drawn to stories and images depicting slavery and freedom, specifically as it resulted from efforts of the Underground Railroad," Jackson stated in an April 7, 2013 article in the Lawrence Journal World.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 2001 Haskell Avenue, Lawrence, 66044

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Marla A. Jackson

Location Type: Program