Nettie Jane Kennedy
Nettie Jane Kennedy is the youngest child of Patrick and Indiana Bendolph and the sister of Indiana Bendolph Pettway. She married Hargrove Kennedy, who was named for Hargrove Van de Graaff, the owner of the Gee's Bend estate in the early 1900s.
We farmed in the swamp, down there where the water at, down by the river. Farmed cotton, corn, peas, pinders (what you call peanuts), millet for syrup, and raised cows and hogs. We worked the old man called Van de Graaff land. We rented the land. Come out bad. Sometimes we couldn't even hardly pay. If you didn't have it, you just didn't have it. Nearly 'bout all the time you couldn't hardly clear.
Mama started me out making quilts. I done it with my sister three years older than me. Her name was Indiana, same as Mama. Mama and Indiana and me was the ones making quilts. Papa used to buy what they call quilt rolls for Mama to make quilts out of. It was scrap cloth. All sort of mixed-up stuff. We used old clothes sometime, if they wore out but was still fittin' to put in a quilt.
Nettie Jane Kennedy's work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.