The Legacy Quilt Project

A story-gathering project featured in MOFAD’s exhibition African/American: Making the Nation’s Table. Who is your African American culinary hero?

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Charity Duchess Quamino

The “pastry queen of Rhode Island” was brought to Newport from Ghana at the age of 15. While enslaved, she launched a catering business and purchased her freedom and that of her children. She was known as the best pastry chef in the area, thanks in part to her frosted plum cakes.

The Legacy Quilt

Explore some of the incredible stories of African Americans who have shaped our country’s culinary identity.

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The Legacy Quilt Project is a project of the Museum of Food and Drink. MOFAD welcomes submissions of African American culinary heroes to add to our Legacy Quilt as part of our exhibition, African/American: Making the Nation’s Table.


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