Royal Kidd (center) donated his deceased cousin Lillie Calloway Jones’ quilt to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Wednesday. Collections managers Candace Thomas (left) and Kathleen Barnett (right) took the quilt to its new home in Jackson.
Royal Kidd (center) donated his deceased cousin Lillie Calloway Jones’ quilt to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Wednesday. Collections managers Candace Thomas (left) and Kathleen Barnett (right) took the quilt to its new home in Jackson.

Royal Kidd donated his cousin Lillie Calloway Jones’ quilt to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Wednesday.

Jones died in 1983 at the age of 93 after having been involved with the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s.




Kidd knew Jones well, having visited her often when he was enrolled at Alcorn State University. Kidd admired Jones for her character and her involvement in the civil rights movement.

“She marched around here with Dr. King and even went up to Washington to march one time,” Kidd said.

Kidd was given the quilt in the 1970s when he was visiting Jones at her home in the Longdale community. With Jones dead and her old home torn down, Kidd has come to see the quilt as representative of his cousin’s legacy. After Kidd’s wife died a few years ago, he started wondering what would happen to the quilt if something happened to him.

He decided the best way to make sure Jones would be remembered long after he was gone would be to donate the quilt to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

“This is the time to honor her legacy,” he said.

The Director of Collections for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Nan Prince said the quilt will join a collection of almost 2,000 quilts spanning 200 years of Mississippi history.

“We are happy to have this quilt as a representation of her as a quilt maker and of her contributions to the civil rights movement,” Prince said

For now, the quilt will be put into storage until it is selected to go on exhibit in the museum of Mississippi history or the Mississippi civil rights museum.

Kidd hopes the quilt will keep Jone’s memory alive for years to come.

“She was a wonderful and loving person,” Kidd said.

Jones is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery alongside her husband and two of her children.