My name is Sherry A. Byrd. I am a historian and African American Folk art quilt maker from Freestone County, Texas. I was born in 195l, in Fairfield,Texas,( in the centennial year of the town). Fairfield is the county seat.
My mission in creating this site "Quilts And Stories By Sherry Ann" is to document the relationship of the people of Freestone county to their love of quilt making and tie this love to the countys' genealogy and history.
The focus of this blog first zooms in on the history of the slave Edward "Ned" Titus, his family and their quilt making lineage. This African American quilting lineage extends back six generations. There are many more families in the area that have similar quilt making legacies. This extends into all cultures that have resided in this county.
As this story develops, hopefully, you will discern that there are many intimate ties, over lappings and interweavings of family histories and the art of quilt making. There is so much information, I will only be able to scratch the surface, but in doing so maybe someone will be inspired to take up where I leave off and continue this fascinating journey into our countys' history.
These Freestone county quilts, sometimes act as the only documents to the "living legacies" that families or individuals of the area have left behind as citizens of this county. The quilts may eventually help genealogy buffs of Freestone county and maybe even outsiders, to connect with links in their family lineages to this area. I sincerely hope so.
Via quilt making we will explore life in Freestone county, Texas "As It Was" and "As It Is Today". Also, how it relates to the greater universe outside these local boundaries in the quilt world and the art world.