Dr. Gladys Marie Fry will present “From the African Loom to the American Quilt” at Mary Baldwin University on Monday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. in Francis Auditorium, located in the Pearce Science Center at the corner of Coalter and Frederick Streets in Staunton. Part of Mary Baldwin’s celebration of Black History Month, the presentation is free and open to the public.
An English professor at the University of Maryland, Fry teaches fieldwork and seminars in folklore; American and Black folklore; African-American autobiography, folklore, and material culture; and folklore and folklife of African-American Women.
Fry earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University and her Ph.D. from Indiana University. She is the author of Stitched From the Soul: Slave Quilting in the Ante-Bellum South and Night Riders in Black Folk History. A contributor or author to 8 museum catalogues, Fry is also the author of a number of articles and book chapters.
The recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Smithsonian Institution Post-Doctoral Fellow, and the National Endowment for the Humanities General Research Grant, Fry served on the executive board of the American Folklore Society from 1992-1995.
Currently the vice-president of the Maryland Folk Society, she has also served as the curator for 11 museum exhibitions and consultant to exhibits and television programs around the nation.