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Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities
Draughon Seminars in State & Local History

Memory Quilts in Community Spaces

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About the Program

As a 2022-2023 Cauthen Fellow for the Alabama Folklife Association, Dr. Bond interviewed quilters from across the state for an in-depth study of memory quilts. Sometimes referred to as bereavement quilts, these artifacts occupy a unique place within the broader quilting tradition. Bond’s article“A Quilt for My Father” will be published in the November 2023 issue of Tributaries.

In this presentation, Bond will present and interpret two memory quilts, both from the perspective of as an English professor and also her experience as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.



BOAZ: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

  • 5:30 PM
  • Boaz Public Library
  • 404 Thomas Ave, Boaz, AL 35957
  • For more information, contact Chelsea Harris at 256-593-3000 or

NEWBERN: Saturday, October 14, 2023

OPELIKA: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

  • 2:00 PM
  • Opelika Public Library
  • 1100 Glenn St, Opelika, AL 36801
  • For more information, contact Anita Burton at 334-705-5380 or

ODENVILLE: Friday, November 17, 2023

MOODY: Friday, November 17, 2023

  • 2:00 PM
  • Moody Civic Center
  • 200 Civic Center Dr, Moody, AL 35004
  • For more information, contact Sara Roberts at 205-640-2517 or

SOMERVILLE: February 3, 2024

  • 12:00 PM
  • Somerville Public Library
  • 192 Broad St, Somerville, AL 35670
  • For more information, contact Emily Wallace at 256-778-9779 or .

TUSCUMBIA: February 4, 2024

  • 2:00 PM
  • Helen Keller Public Library
  • 511 N Main St, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
  • For more information, contact Elisabeth Gullett at 256-383-7065 or

FLORENCE: February 6, 2024

  • 11:30 AM
  • Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
  • 350 N Wood Ave, Florence, AL 35630
  • For more information, contact Abby Carpenter at 256-764-6564 ext 127 or

OHATCHEE: April 2, 2024

  • 11:00 AM
  • Ohatchee Public Library
  • 7803 AL-77, Ohatchee, AL 36271
  • For more information, contact Tere King at 256-892-4203 or

OXFORD: April 3, 2024

  • 10:00 AM
  • Oxford Public Library
  • 110 E 6th St, Oxford, AL 36203
  • For more information, contact Amy Henderson at 256-453-0055 or


About the Presenter

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Dr. Zanice Bond is an associate professor of English and Southern Literature in the Department of Modern Languages, Communication, and Philosophy at Tuskegee University.  Bond served as guest curator at Tuskegee University’s Legacy Museum for the Soul of Zora exhibit, a collection of quilts inspired by the work of Notasulga native and Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston. She includes the examination of folk traditions, including quilting, into her literature classes through the works of such writers as Alice Walker. 


Draughon Seminars in State and Local History

Draughon Seminars in State and Local History are a series of lectures sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University. The series is funded by the Kelly Mosley Endowment in honor of Dr. Ralph B. Draughon, president of Auburn University from 1947 to 1965. Draughon was a historian with a deep commitment to both state history and public education.