Future Plans for the Project
plans call for every extension homemaker club to have one program on the
topic of the quilt square on which the club members worked.
Mrs. Walker challenged Evelyn M. Byrd, Cultural Arts chairman, to write
a book about the historical quilt. This has been an intensive labor of
love for eight years. The biographies that appear presented by the
Friends of the Library, were carefully researched by Evelyn Byrd. They
represent an unpresented collection of outstanding Harnett County
people, much of which has never been printed before. The biographies in
Chapter II were researched by club members of the clubs they represent,
and refined by the Cultural Arts Chairman.
the quilt was displayed at the Legislature building on May 21, 1990 the
frame on which the quilt hung, was rented from the Capital Quilter's
Guild in Raleigh and set up by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cooley of Lillington,
NC. For the occasion, a bus load of Extension Homemakers and Friends of
the Harnett County Library attended the showing, but no one on the
permanent employed staff appeared.
the evening of the short session, Sen. W. W. Staton made a speech on the
floor of the Senate about the historical quilt.
stressed that it was the first historical quilt ever made in the state
to solicit history from both whites and African-Americans. Senators were
invited to inspect the quilt, arranged on display between the House and
Senate Chambers after the conclusion of the session. Comments of Senator
Staton, who represented Lee, Wake and Harnett Counties, were made part
of the permanent minutes of the Senate. Among the senators who joined
him in inspecting the quilt was Senator Bob Shaw of Guilford, native of
Harnett, whose father's name (R.G.B. Shaw) was listed beside the
Anderson Creek Home Extension Club. A large contingent from Harnett and
artist Paul Soublet watched from the galleries. A professional
photographer was hired by Lois Byrd of The Friends to record the event.
Among the amateur photographers taking extensive shots with a camcorder
was Marilyn McKinney Allison of Raleigh, native of Lillington. Her
mother, Mrs. Jane Lewis McKinney, made the square depicting the Kivett
Building of Campbell University for the Friendly Extension Homemakers
Club of Buies Creek.