Super Sleuth – Van Gogh’s Garden


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This week’s artist was Faith Ringgold! 

Faith Ringgold is an African-American artist and author who was born in 1930 in Harlem, New York City, and who is best known for her large, painted story quilts.

The title of the work is The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles!

An interesting fact about the artist:Ringgold was one of the female artists who began making art objects in a medium formerly referred to as “women’s work” (textiles, sewn fabric, weaving, quilting, embroidery, etc.), beginning in the 1970’s, offering their work as ‘serious’ art, rather than the former label of  ‘craft.’


Here’s some info on the wonderful women featured in this work:


Madam C.J. Walker: Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.

read more about her here

Sojourner Truth: Sojourner Truth is best known for her extemporaneous speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?” delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851.

read more about her here

Ida B. Wells: Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.

read more about her here

Fannie Lou Hamer: Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped African Americans register to vote and who co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

read more about her here

Harriet Tubman: Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

read more about her here

Rosa Parks: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, spurring the Montgomery boycott and other efforts to end segregation.

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Mary McLeod Bethune: Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and activist, serving as president of the National Association of Colored Women and founding the National Council of Negro Women.

read more about her here

Ella Baker: Civil rights activist Ella Baker worked with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

read more about her here

And, of course, the gentleman in the corner of this quilt is Van Gogh!

Thanks for playing, super sleuths, and keep an eye out for this week’s challenge!