Student's IB project chronicles family history

Posted at 12:42 PM on Mar 15, 2019



Lillian Beaty and Jennifer London, her school supervisor for the project, pose for a photo with her finished product.

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South Iredell High School sophomore Lillian Beaty created a beautiful pictorial quilt that represents her family lineage as part of her Personal Project requirement for the IB Middle Years Program. This project requires students to organize and plan a project based on a topic or goal of their choice.

Throughout the process, students must investigate and plan their work, create a final product, and reflect on their experiences. This tremendous quilt took many hours to put together. Additionally, Lilli had to undertake a substantial amount of research to learn about her family history.

Through record books and family interviews with her older relatives, Lilli was able to create a stunning project that details her family's history in the area.

One of Lilli’s goals for her project was that each block contained a hidden meaning. She was inspired by slaves who, as a part of the Underground Railroad, used quilting as a means to pass on secret messages.

The blocks in Lilli’s quilt, titled “The Pieces that Stitch my Family Together,” provide symbolism for the key points that she wanted to highlight as her family's legacy. The blocks are explore Family Origins; Settlements in North Carolina; Military Service, O'Henry; Religion and Denominations; Careers; Musical Inspiration; The Beaty's; and John Beatty's settlement in Lincoln County.

Of the research she conducted, some of the most interesting facts include:

► Custus Howard Beaty, her great-grandfather, was the first Beatty to drop the extra "t" from the family name. The story goes that Custus got tired of writing both t's.

► John Beatty was the first person to settle the west side of the Catawba. This area is now known as Beatties Ford and Sherrills Ford.

In her reflection, Lilli wrote: "As I was researching and creating this quilt I bonded to family members with whom I have not spent much time. Talking to my family and reading the record books were my favorite parts of the project. These times of discussion brought about laughter and closer bonds. Without this opportunity, some valuable information may have never been told to my generation."

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