MOFAD Exhibiting The Legacy Quilt at Pier 57 throughout Black History Month

 

 

 

The Legacy Quilt. Image courtesy MOFAD

The Museum of Food and Drink’s (MOFAD) ‘The Legacy Quilt’ will be one display at Pier 57 in Chelsea throughout Black History Month. Standing at 14 feet tall and nearly 30 feet wide, The Legacy Quilt is a handmade quilt that honors the countless African American food and drink producers who have laid the foundation for American cuisine. Hoping we can run something on this as part of ways New Yorkers and visitors can celebrate Black History Month in New York City.

The Legacy Quilt. Image courtesy MOFAD

The Legacy Quilt is composed of 406 blocks, each representing one African American contribution to American cuisine, and six blocks were left intentionally black to honor the many stories that have been lost, purposefully untold, or oppressed – emphasizing a powerful message that countless stories deserve recognition. Historical and biographical research of the quilt was vetted by Dr. Scott Barton and Dr. Jessica B. Harris and written by Osayi Endolyn. MOFAD commissioned The Legacy Quilt as the centerpiece for their exhibition, African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, displayed at The Africa Center in 2022.

The Legacy Quilt. Image courtesy MOFAD

Guests can view The Legacy Quilt at Pier 57 outside of Market 57 throughout Black History Month. Focused on women- and BIPOC-owned food concepts, Market 57 serves as a platform for emerging chefs and food entrepreneurs who have been underrepresented in the culinary industry.