Some of the 15 women who created the Black history quilt as part of the 1976 Bicentennial

Some of the 15 women who created the Black history quilt as part of the 1976 Bicentennial

Photo courtesy Sylvia Gates Carlisle

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The Oregon Historical Society will be displaying a quilt made by 15 Portland women. It was included in the 1976 Bicentennial celebration as a way to mark the overlooked contributions of Black Americans and their ongoing fight for their civil rights. The quilt has been displayed prominently, including at the Smithsonian and Harvard before the quilters gave it to OHS. Saundra Sorenson recently wrote about this project for The Skanner. She joins us along with Sylvia Gates Carlisle, the only surviving member of the group of quilters.

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