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

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Details

This historical presentation is a multi-media experience including 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 to the North. Connie Martin, MA, will show how quilts were used to signal plans, warn of dangers, indicate how transport might occur and who might help as “Friends” on the Underground Railroad. 

Martin's mother, Dr. Clarice Boswell, who was born and raised in Nicholasville, KY, wrote Lizzie’s Story: A Slave Family’s Journey to Freedom, the book on which this presentation is based. 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 Martin, a 6th generation descendant of captured African slaves.

Registration is required. This virtual program will be available via Zoom. We will send you the link two hours before the program.

Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Connie Martin
(859) 885-3523 ext. 243

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