Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West

This exhibition, the first of its kind, explores the path of Black history in the West with a timeline of original pictorial quilts. The timeline begins in 1528, with Esteban’s dramatic story, which marks the arrival of Africans in the American West and continues through the Civil Rights Movement.

Dispelling the myth that Black people in the old West were mostly cowboys, Black Pioneers: Legacy in the American West, shows rich diversity in their occupations and achievements in society, religion, education, and the arts.

Choosing quilts as the visual medium for this exhibition accentuates the intersections of African Americans in the Western Frontier while informing others about the art form and its important role in African American history.

This exhibition is organized by The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art and Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, curator, historian and artist. The quilts have been created by the Women of Color Quilters Network especially for this exhibition.

Admission to the Stark Museum of Art is free of charge.

Quilt Gardens at Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Beginning in April, Shangri La Gardens will feature a Quilt Garden. These gardens will showcase a fusion of traditional quilting patterns using plants as the medium. Among the myriad of quilting designs featured will include the North Star, Shoofly, Log Cabin, Bow Tie, Flying Geese, Pinwheel and 9 Block patterns. Each garden promises to be a kaleidoscope of color, intertwining the narrative of Black Pioneers, while fostering a deeper appreciation of both art forms. Free entry. Visit for more information.

Connie Horne, Black Miners, 2021, ©Connie Horne.

An Interview with Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

This video is provided by The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.