One Washington

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c. 1994
cotton, polyester, phototranser on cotton, pins, buttons
88 x 76 in. (223.5 x 193 cm)
This quilt features photographs of Washington landmarks including Eastern Market, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the National Cathedral, the National Basilica, the Islamic Center of Washington, DC, Ben’s Chili Bowl, the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum (now the Anacostia Community Museum), and Frederick Douglass’s house. Many of the images reflect the city’s connection to the federal government, further emphasized through patriotic red and blue piecing and the flag-pattered binding. Other images speak to the city’s rich African American history. Signs and pins for local candidates serve as a reminder that although residents of the District won Home Rule in 1973, DC citizens are still denied political representation in Congress.
Local quilting group, Daughters of Dorcas and Sons, made this quilt for a community project developed through a partnership between the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, a corporate sponsor, and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.
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