Black Belt Quilt Trail
Since 2012, community meetings have been held across the Black Belt Region by Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) to discuss the creation of the Black Belt Quilt Trail – Alabama’s first quilt trail. The Black Belt Quilt Trail was designed to highlight this singular region of our state, explore the history and technique of the quilting art form in the Black Belt, and boost downtown revenues and tourism in the region.
Support from Alabama’s Black Belt Heritage Area, Alabama Department of Tourism, Alabama State Council on the Arts, The University of Alabama’s Center for Economic Development, Auburn University Economic & Community Development Institute, Black Belt Community Foundation, and The Daniel Foundation of Alabama - along with the support of individual cities and towns, counties, business, and volunteers - has made the trail possible.
The Black Belt Quilt Trail will include sites in all nineteen counties served by BBTCAC and will offer educational opportunities for tourists to visit and learn about local historical quilting sites, meet current quilting guilds, and learn stories of local organizations. Communities, organizations, businesses and individuals will share their stories through quilt blocks displayed for public view. This trail will aid in spreading awareness of the wonders the Black Belt region has to offer while attracting business to local establishments, not limited to just quilt trail sites. It will entice tourists to stay overnight, eat in local restaurants, and shop in local stores.
QUILT BLOCKS UNVEILED IN SUMTER COUNTY FOR THE BLACK BELT QUILT TRAIL
Sumter County unveiled the first four quilt blocks completed for the Black Belt Quilt Trail on Thursday, December 3rd at 2 p.m. The first four quilt blocks in Sumter County are located in Livingston and Cuba. Three quilt blocks are on the University of West Alabama’s campus at the Black Belt Museum, the Black Belt Garden, and the Black Belt Prairie.
The other quilt block is at Linda and Charlie Munoz’s home in Cuba. All quilt blocks will be available for public viewing by the end of January.
To see more photographs from the unveiling, click here.
BBTCAC is continuing to seek volunteers and partners to assist with the trail development, including but not limited to: quilters, artists, historians, community non-profits, area arts organizations, local businesses and community leaders, and community members interested in helping promote local tourism. If you would like to be a part of the Black Belt Quilt Trail or would like more information contact Kristin Law, Art Programs & Marketing Director at BBTCAC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 334-682-9878.
CLICK HERE to learn more about joining the Black Belt Quilt Trail.