Gee’s Bend, Alabama, is an isolated African-American community surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. Most of the people who live there are descendants of slaves on the former Pettway plantation that was located in Gee’s Bend. Quilt making has been a tradition passed down through several generations of women there, and their utility quilts showcase a uniquely innovative and minimalist approach, which has been compared to modern artists such as Matisse and Klee. The Quilts of Gee's Bend are considered to be one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States. The quilts have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.