The Freedom Quilting Bee was established in 1967 in Alabama. It is a handicraft cooperative founded by Black women in sharecropping families who needed to supplement their meager incomes, creating and selling exquisite quilts. In 1968, the cooperative bought 23 acres of land on which to build their sewing factory. They provided day care and after-school services for members’ children. The cooperative ownership of land provided members with independence and improved their well-being.
These Black families were stronger together because they lifted each other up. Through joint-ownership, they built true wealth.
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