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Gee’s Bend Quilters Recipients of Nation’s Highest Award in the Folk and Traditional Arts

Loretta Pettway

Mary Lee Bendolph

Lucy Mingo

The community of Boykin, Alabama, known to many as Gee’s Bend due to its proximity to a bend in the Alabama River, is home to some of the most highly regarded quiltmakers in America. These include Mary Lee Bendolph, Lucy Mingo, and Loretta Pettway, three of the chief quilters from the oldest generation of quilters who represent this profound cultural legacy. Described by the New York Times as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced,” the quilts are known for their improvisational and inventive quality, often being compared to 20th-century abstract paintings. To learn more visit

Rescued Relics: Montgomery’s Salvage Warehouse While restoring and maintaining the 50 historic structures nestled at Old Alabama Town—an authentic 19th century village located in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama’s historic downtown—the Landmarks Foundation has initiated an innovative recycling project to complement its preservation efforts. Since taking on its first historic restoration project for the City of Montgomery in 1967, Landmarks has come across many interior and exterior later-added components that must be removed to accomplish an authentic restoration. Not wanting to pollute the public landfill with perfectly good items, Landmarks established Rescued Relics—a not-forprofit salvage warehouse offering many historic architectural elements and materials from a variety of building styles and time periods. Rescued Relics is ideal for those working on home renovation projects around central Alabama. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, the capital The River Region’s 50+ Lifestage Magazine

city of Montgomery is rich with historic homes and communities reflecting important eras of American history. Rescued Relics allows local homeowners to purchase fixtures and hardware native to their homes—while also offering those with more modern houses a unique and inexpensive home supply store. The inventory at Rescued Relics includes—but is definitely not limited to—sinks, doors, light fixtures, mantels, window sashes, balustrades and many other fun items that ignite the creativity of home renovators. For those who have just completed a restoration project on a historic home, Rescued Relics accepts pre-1960s building materials and elements from other home renovators, contractors and remodelers. Such donations are tax deductable, as all proceeds directly benefit Landmarks/ Old Alabama Town—a 501c3 non-profit organization. All funds raised are used

to restore and maintain the historic structures at Old Alabama Town. Rescued Relics is conveniently located in historic downtown Montgomery at 423 Madison Avenue, near Interstates 85 and 65. Parking is plentiful. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to assist in organizing the revolving inventory and establishing regular business hours. For more information, please call 334.240.4512. R ive r Re gio n Bo o m . co m

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