Hi,

A follow up on Gee’s Bend Quilters.  I was talking to Dave, a regular from North Carolina this morning at breakfast.  He was really moved by these wonderful women and talked to them at length yesterday.  They own part of a plantation in Alabama, where their ancestors were slaves.  The men that owned them (Joseph Gee and his partner Mark Pettway) were benevolent slave masters (oxymoron).  He treated them well, by the standards back then.  When they were freed, they worked as tenant farmers and eventually bought part of the plantation and set up their own community.

These lady’s are very religious.  They had an 8:30 flight Sunday, so I made b’fast for them at 7.  After b’fast, they sang a hymn of praise and thanx (to me also).  It was so sweet.  Unfortunately, I had newly weds in the guest room directly over us.  I couldn’t ask them to stop, and I was acutely aware of who was in the room over us.  When he came down, he made a comment about their night was fine until they heard the singing and thought they were in church.  When I explained what the singing was about, he was cool.

Well, that’s it for tonight.  good night,

ed

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