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September 13, 2007

Albany -- A new exhibit celebrating an old tradition opened Thursday at the Albany Civil Rights Institute.

Quilting is a hobby that dates back for many generations in the African American community.

Quilts communicated messages that were originally passed on through oral and written tradition. Twelve handmade quilts are on display.

"It brings us back to our ancestry, what our fore parents went through and the life lessons they taught us," said Exhibit Curator, Cheryl Mallard.

Messages stitched into Civil War era quilts even helped slaves traveling North find freedom.

All of the quilts in this exhibit were created by women in Southwest Georgia. Some took several years to complete.

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