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  • Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen

    Known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skills as a textile artist into her role as a panel-making facilitator for The NAMES Project Foundation.

    At the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Bell-Johnson recounted the power of quilting to transform tragedy into celebration.

    Filmed: Shaun Weber, Jamal Toye, Marinna Guzy, Kelsey Michael, Andrea Curran, Ashlee Duncan, and Charlie Weber
    Edited: Kelsey Michael

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