In 2004, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts acquired a significant collection of contemporary African American quilts from Kempf Hogan of Birmingham, Michigan. The collection, consisting of forty-eight quilts dating from 1945 to 2001, was assembled by Hogan over a period of seventeen years with the guidance and expertise of Dr. Robert Cargo, of Robert Cargo Folk Art Gallery, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, now located in Paoli, Pennsylvania. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is indebted to both men for their combined interest in assembling a first-rate Southern quilt collection and, subsequently, in expanding the already impressive Southern folk art holdings of the MMFA. The quilt collection encompasses the work of a diverse group of African American quilters working in Alabama and its environs during the last half century, such as Mozell Benson, Nora Ezell, and Yvonne Wells. The designs of these textiles range from the traditional to the most contemporary forms of expression and represent everything from patterns of stars, blocks, and strips, to stories of Jackie Robinson and the Bible, to picture quilts of the American flag and animals. Book jacket.