PELL CITY -- Gee’s Bend native Claudia Pettway Charley and author Irene Latham shared memories and stories of Gee’s Bend on Wednesday at the Pell City Public Library and displayed authentic Gee’s Bend quilts made available by the Charley family.

The quilts of Gee’s Bend, which are distinguished by their vibrant contrasting colors and seemingly random designs, have made the quilters internationally famous. The quilts have been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian.

Each quilt tells a story -- of struggle and steadfast determination, and ultimately, of hope ... from the quilter’s heart and hand.

 The library also welcomed saxophonist Delon Charley and Company, who presented a variety of tunes popular during the days of the earliest Gee’s Bend quilts, including blues, jazz, ragtime and gospel.

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