Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Forest Park Public Library
Austin Room

Event Details

Connie Martin, M.A. will present a one-hour multi-media experience including PowerPoint slide presentation, storytelling, and display of over a dozen beautifully hand-crafted quilt replicas, representing patterns and special stitching used over 300 years ago by abolitionists and fugitive slaves to signify escape routes in the North. 

It is shown how quilts were used to signal plans, warn of dangers, indicate how transport might occur, or who might help as "Friends" on the Underground Railroad. 

Based upon the presenter's mother's book Lizzie's Story: A Slave Family's Journey to Freedom by Dr Clarice Boswell, Connie Martin tells the fascinating family stories of how these quilt codes were kept and used by her ancestors. You will learn the code meanings and interpretations that have been passed down to Connie; a sixth generation descendent of captured African slaves. 

Event Type(s): Genealogy & History
Age Group(s): Adults

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