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26 WINTER 2021 | WWW.SHAKER.LIFE
@ Shaker Library
Art in Action: Shaker Quilt Artists Tell Difficult Stories
Shaker Heights can boast of three talented quilt artists – Jacqueline Dukes, Gloria
Kellon, and Mary Pinckney – whose works are included among the 86 quilts in an exhibit
called We Are the Story, a multi-venue initiative on display in Minneapolis through
When Minneapolis became the epicenter of the nationwide protest after the
death of George Floyd, the Textile Center in Minneapolis and Women of Color Quilters
Network created the exhibit.
The Shaker Heights women are members of the local African American Quilt and
Doll Guild. Their soulful “story quilts” have been displayed at Main Library to rave
reviews over the past few years and were featured in Shaker Life in 2015.
The quilts selected include Kellon’s Emanuel Nine Martyrs, which memorializes the
victims of the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting in 2015 in Charleston, South
Carolina. Kellon’s Million Man March, Dukes’ quilt, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Pinckney’s
When Will the Chains Be Broken? are also featured.
Their story quilts, while striking and hard-hitting, allow viewers a space to “see”
their stories and to contemplate change.
The Catholic Community
for the Shaker Square
Shaker Blvd. and East 126th St.
For information: 216-421-4211
Rev. Gary D. Chmura, Pastor