Our Mission

Southern Journeys is a worker-owned social enterprise. We draw our inspiration from weaving, piece sewing and quilting traditions originating in the rich cultures of West Africa and African American communities of the US south.

Our member owners and sewers are from rural counties spanning the Alabama and Georgia Black Belt and the Mississippi Delta.  Our contemporary products and designs honor the spirit of our ancestors and celebrate our creativity as a people. 

We are committed to:

Meaningful work  |  Fair Wages  | Environmental Stewardship  |  Worker Ownership


Managing Board

Sarah Bobrow-Williams, SRBWI (GA)

Fannie Etheridge, AL

Willie Bell Gilmore, MS

Shirley Kemp, AL

Gloria Shields, SRBWI (MS)

Dorothea Taylor, GA


Our Supporters

We’d like to thank the public and private partners who supported our start-up and business development: Adwoa M. Awotwi, Attorney, Eli Trinity Consulting; Aminata Brown, BaBa Blankets Collective; Patti Carpenter, Designer; Folake Dosu, Digital Strategist; Sami Grover and Chelsea Dennis, The Change Creation; Lara Jealous, Textile Designer; Freada Kapor Klein, Kapor Capital; Colleen Pendleton, Marketing Specialist; Heather Johnson, the Charleston Garment Manufactury; Heather Powers; Textile Designer; Red Rover Clothing Company; The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative (SRBWI) and staff – Sarah Bobrow-Williams, Gloria Shields and Deborah Thomas and the Ford, Kellogg, and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundations.

RETAIL PARTNERS: ABC Home, New York, NY; Global Exchange, Berkeley, CA; Humanitree House, Augusta, GA, The York Bailey Cultural Museum, Penn Center, St. Helena Island, SC