A slide talk by Shannon Lawhon from the Athens Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group, and the opening of an exhibition of The Georgia Peach Quilt, a collaborative effort by Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America volunteers in Georgia. The finished quilt is displayed in the library’s Quiet Gallery with photographs of participants along with their own words on why they picked up a needle and thread and began this journey.
The quilt is a part of the Mother’s Dream Quilt project and began last year by holding three Quilting Bees, in Athens, Atlanta, and Savannah. At the Bees experienced quilters guided participants through the process of creating one square to contribute to the quilt. Participants came from all walks of life, and included survivors of gun violence who made squares in honor of loved ones killed by gunfire. The finished quilt is a memorial to lives cut short by gun violence, but also a symbol of hope that other families can be prevented from suffering unimaginable loss. Through The Georgia Peach Quilt, The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America seeks to establish respectful community dialogue and build awareness of gun violence as a public health epidemic that can affect every Georgia citizen regardless of age, race, gender or socioeconomic status.
Shannon Lawhon is a frequent speaker for the Athens Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, of which she is a founding member and co-leader. After becoming a parent, Ms Lawhon felt a call to advocate for common sense gun measures. She is a quilter of 15 years and a professional photographer.
The program was recorded on May 2, 2018 at Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens Georgia.