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Since their arrival in America in the 1600’s, African descended people, enslaved or free, have contributed their genius of inventions, innovations and patents expanding American industry. Interwoven in this experience is the power of freedom.

About the Speaker

L’Merchie Frazier

L’Merchie Frazier

L’Merchie Frazier, a public fiber artist, innovator, poet and holographer, is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. For fifteen years she has been engaged in highlighting and curating the Museum’s collection/exhibits, in providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM / STEAM education pedagogy, and in managing the successful Faculty/ Teachers’ Institutes and its extension, The Cross Cultural Classroom, a benefit marketed to independent education entities, municipalities and corporations.

She is adjunct faculty for Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, Massachusetts. She has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Africa, France, and Cuba. As a lecturer and workshop presenter. Her audiences include youth and adults. She is former Board member of CityLife /Vida Urbana and is on the advisory board of Paige Academy and is a Art Commons Boston AppLab Board Member.

L’Merchie is a member of Women of Color Quilter’s Network. She is resident artist of African American Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern University and at Fairmount Innovation and Southend Technology Center, MIT FabLabs in Boston. Her fiber works serve to document history and memory, and often include innovative technology. These artworks are featured in a series entitled The Quilted Chronicles. Selected works are included in several art publications and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institute and the White House.

Frazier was chosen as part of the 3-artist launch group for the City of Boston’s AIR artists (Artist-in-Residence). She recently received the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City individual artist grant and the Northeastern University Law Lab Stable Ground artist residency. L’Merchie serves on the Massachusetts Council on History and Social Studies advisory commission for public schools.