Lift Every Voice and Sing

The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee

By Dorothy Moye

In this online exhibition catalog, Dorothy Moye presents and comments upon the textile art of Gwendolyn Ann Magee (1943–2011). This catalog accompanies the exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (September 11–November 8, 2014). Magee's extraordinary work includes a series of vivid, often harrowing, narrative quilts based on James Weldon Johnson's anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

A publication of Southern Spaces and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

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    Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee

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