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Panel maker: Jim Morgan, Burlington, VT In memory of Douglas Bessette
This quilt was constructed in the loving memory of Douglas E. Bessette by the
combined efforts of family and friends.
Douglas was born in Burlington, VT, January 10, 1947. He was a talented
artist, which we have depicted by the artist palate, and spent years studying art in
Boston. He graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1980.
Although Douglas traveled widely, he always maintained a deep love of
Vermont and returned here to live. Douglas had become active in securing the
legal rights for lesbians and gays in Vermont. In 1984 he was involved in the
Lesbian and Gay Pride March, at that time he designed the "Out in the Mountains"
pin worn by the marchers, a facsimile of this is depicted in the upper right hand
corner of the quilt.
Douglas met an untimely death at the age of 38. We love and miss him
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