Crib quilt, 31 x 24 in., composed of thirteen hand-stitched cotton stripes, with thirteen stars and two crescents stitched on the stripes. Signed "ML" and dated "1863," the year in which the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted. Framed, 30 x 36 in.
Upon learning of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, great hope spread throughout the south among an enslaved population at the height of the Civil War. One such person guardedly expressed her sentiments by making a crib quilt in flag form and sewing "Abe Lincoln will save us now," concealing the phrase in a white stripe with white thread to avoid obvious detection.
Light toning to fabric. With some scattered spotting on reverse side of quilt.
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