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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

QUILT BLOCK SQUARE -- SCHOOLHOUSE PATTERN -- ON OLD SCHOOL

SCHOOLHOUSE EXTERIOR QUILT BLOCK ON KIRKSVILLE SCHOOL

RENOVATED KIRKSVILLE SCHOOL -- NOW A COMMUNITY CENTER
OLD DOOR CORNICE STILL EXTANT

The two-story brick school in Kirksville, Kentucky has taken up the idea of hanging a large quilt square on the exterior of its second story old school building. The pattern is very appropriate -- called the "school house pattern."

The pattern was historically designed as a symbol of the child labor movement protest against young children working in sweat shops rather than attending school. In the early 1900s, this practice of child labor peaked. Efforts by various social reformers during the early part of the twentieth century resulted in the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that included compulsory free education for all children.

Today, Kirksville school has a new use -- it's now the town's community center.

FOR MORE OF MY POSTS ON QUILT SQUARES AND QUILTS CLICK BELOW:

QUILT SQUARES ON BUILDINGS AND BARNS

QUILT SQUARES ON BARNS


1800s KENTUCKY QUILTER SEAMSTRESS

KENTUCKY QUILT 1885 WITH PROVENANCE

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