Kansas MemoryKansas Memory

Kansas Historical SocietyKansas Historical Society

Nicodemus quilt top - Page

To order images and/or obtain permission to use them commercially, please contact the KSHS Reference Desk at KSHS.reference@ks.gov or 785-272-8681, ext. 117.

For more information see the Copyright and Permission FAQ.

Unfinished quilt top made in a variation of the Love Apple appliqué design. The quilter was Mary Jane Lewis Scruggs, born in Missouri in 1866 to former slaves. Scruggs' family were early settlers in Nicodemus, Kansas, a small town settled by a group of freed African Americans around 1877. In the years following the Civil War, many blacks fled the South to find better economic and social conditions in northern states, particularly Kansas. It is believed that Scruggs stitched the top while living in Nicodemus.

Creator: Scruggs, Mary Jane Lewis
Date: between 1875 and 1900

Bookbag Share Print

Item Number: 220469
Call Number: 1988.189.1
KSHS Identifier: 1988.189.1

Copyright © 2007-2024 - Kansas Historical Society - Contact Us
This website was developed in part with funding provided by the Information Network of Kansas.