Future Plans for the Project

History of the Quilt


Project Description

Evaluations of Accomplishments

Future Plans for the Project

Proposal Letter

Request to Commissioners

Biographies by Homemakers Clubs

Biographies by Friends of the Library

Quilt Squares


Future plans call for every extension homemaker club to have one program on the topic of the quilt square on which the club members worked.

Later, 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.

When 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.

On the evening of the short session, Sen. W. W. Staton made a speech on the floor of the Senate about the historical quilt.

He 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.