Advanced Search

Close Search

The Gee’s Bend Quilt Mural Trail

Gee’s Bend is a small rural community located in a curve in the Alabama River in the northern part of Wilcox County, AL.  Founded in the early 1800s, it was the site of cotton plantations.  After the Civil War, the freed slaves became tenant farmers and founded an all-black community that was nearly isolated from the surrounding world..  Many of them eventually bought the farms from the government in the 1940s.

The women in the community created quilts as a means of supporting their families.  These quilts were made using whatever materials were available.  This group of ladies developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American (and African American) quilts, but with a geometric simplicity reminiscent of Amish quilts and modern art. The women of Gee’s Bend have passed their skills down through at least six generations and the tradition continues.

The Gee’s Bend community has become famous for its quilts.  Dozens of quilts have toured America’s most important art museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  Newsweek, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, Art in America, CBS News Sunday Morning, PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the Martha Stewart Living television show, House and Garden, Oprah’s O magazine, and Country Home magazine are among the hundreds of print and broadcast media organizations that have celebrated the quilts and the history of this unique town. In August of 2006, a series of postage stamps were dedicated to the Quilters.  This collection contains ten stamps.  Each stamp contained the image of a Gee’s Bend Quilt.

During 2007-2008, ten large murals  each containing a painting of one of the quilts from the U. S. Postage Stamp Collection, were created and placed along the route through the Gee’s Bend community (officially called Boykin, AL). Pictures of these murals are provided. In addition, pictures of the old Gee’s Bend Community House which is where the Gee’s Bend Quilters met and created their works of art are also provided.

The marker on the map is the starting point of the Quilt Mural Trail.  The pictures are arranged in the order of the trail route.  Each picture contains the name of the quilt and the quilter and the location of the mural.  The last picture contains driving directions for the entire route.  Right click on this picture and you have the option to print these directions.




Similar Attractions

Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church at Camden, AL (ca. 1849)

This church is nearly 160 years old.  The Historical Marker in front of the church reads:  “This building was constructed c. 1849 as a Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  The Camden Associate Reformed Presbyterian congregation was organized in September 1890 in the parlor of the William Joel Bonner home.  This building was purchased soon after.  Benjamin Meek […]

More Info

Weir Home at Gastonburg, AL (built 1880s)

This Queen Anne style farmhouse, circa 1880’s, was built by the ancestors of the current owners, Jim and Karen Weir. The roof is now sheet metal and a new addition is blended onto the back but otherwise the exterior is original. The interior has been freshened but still retains most of the original design elements. […]

More Info

Palmer-Barlow-Britt Home (1830s) at Furman, AL

This “coastal cottage” is thought to have been built in the 1830’s by Stephen and Juliet Palmer and possibly modified by Dabney Palmer around 1860. It is a classic 1 ½ story “Carolina” cottage featuring a central passage with rooms to each side, including a unique prayer room with gothic arched windows. The front porch […]

More Info