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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Ashbourne was an inventor who held several patents. His spring-loaded biscuit cutter, patented in 1875, created a uniform shape and size. His 1880 patents for treating and refining coconut oil opened the door to its use in domestic personal care products.

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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