Thursday, October 02, 2014

Historical society meeting to feature ‘story quilts,’ tale of freed slave

By The Herald Staff | 1/24/2014

A Lawrence quilting artist and her friend are set to present the story of a young slave woman from the Civil War period as part of the Franklin County Historical Society’s 77th annual meeting 2 p.m. Sunday at Neosho County Community College, 600 E. Logan St., Ottawa.

Following the business meeting and election of trustees, Marla Jackson, Lawrence, and Carol Bohl, Harrisonville, Mo., plan to give a presentation about Maria Martin, a young slave who lived in Cass County, Mo., during the Civil War. Martin was an exceptional quilter, according to a news release from the historical society, and the family who owned her still possesses some of her 1850s and 1860s quilts at the family’s historic home, Wayside Rest plantation.

A Lawrence quilting artist and her friend are set to present the story of a young slave woman from the Civil War period as part of the Franklin County Historical Society’s 77th annual meeting 2 p.m. Sunday at Neosho County Community College, 600 E. Logan St., Ottawa.

Following the business meeting and election of trustees, Marla Jackson, Lawrence, and Carol Bohl, Harrisonville, Mo., plan to give a presentation about Maria Martin, a young slave who lived in Cass County, Mo., during the Civil War. Martin was an exceptional quilter, according to a news release from the historical society, and the family who owned her still possesses some of her 1850s and 1860s quilts at the family’s historic home, Wayside Rest plantation.

The plantation house was attacked in 1862 by Union troops called “Jennison’s Jayhawkers,” and the enslaved people — including Martin — were taken to Lawrence. Martin worked for Charles Jennison as a laundress and lived in Lawrence for decades before returning to Missouri to be with her son, who was a blacksmith, the news release said.

Quilt artist Jackson plans to bring some of her “story quilts,” along with other projected images of her quilts of such noted figures as Langston Hughes, John Brown and William Quantrill, the release said.

The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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