The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Staff Writer 

Quilt Captures Spirit Of Black History


February 25, 2019

Jeremiah Reed

Barbara Conley stands beside the quilt she created.

Sometimes, the strangest bit of inspiration can turn into a newfound passion.

For Barbara Conley, a December snowstorm and the discovery of an artistic medium descended from the era of slavery, helped invigorate her passion for quilt-making while also stirring a cultural and historic sense of pride – just in time for Black History Month.

Conley, 65, serves as the circulation manager for The Transylvania Times.

That typically means a day of fielding phone calls and handling the front office, but when Transylvania County was pounded with nearly a foot of snow in December, Conley's hands...

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