Students participate in quilt block project

A commemoration of the Civil War burning of New Albany and Battle of Mud Creek was held with the unveiling of a quilt block in Cooper Park on Tuesday this past week.
Students from Staley High School in Kansas City, Mo created the quilt block for the Piece Makers Quilt Trail: A Stitch in Time in Union County, during their visit here. They were accompanied by Rotary Club members from Gladstone Rotary Club of Gladstone, Mo. and worked with the New Albany Rotary Club on the project.
This placement is part of the public art project, which is part of A Stitch in Time, a national effort to commemorate the great contribution made by the women and children who made the quilts and the men who used them as bedrolls, bandages, saddle blankets, top coats, hospital bedding, covers and the enslaved Americans who used them as signals on the Underground Railroad, according to Union County Heritage Museum Director Jill Smith.
“The Union County Historical Society would like to place a block in each community of the county as a part of this commemoration,” Smith said. In “New Albany, we hope people will enjoy ‘Walking Our Blocks.’ We are the first county in the state of Mississippi to create a quilt trail. And we join 47 other states with our effort.”
Anyone who would like to help or want a block is asked to call 662-538-0014. Sometimes blocks are placed on or near barns in other states to encourage agri-tourism. “The project seeks to draw attention to our rich history, to allow local artists a public art forum and to encourage tourism. This is another trail that people can travel when they come to Union County,” Smith said.

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At the unveiling are, from left, Jeff Littlejohn, New Albany Rotary Club president; Barbara Madden, Gladstone Interact sponsor; students Anthony Nixon and David Reed; New Albany Rotarian Frank Madden; Dalton Anderson; students Sarah Queen and Kelly Rule; Interact sponsor Kaitlin Morse; and Gladstone Rotarians Julie and Dick Conn.