Stories From the Underground Railroad: This presentation is part art exhibition, part history, and part decoding of the secrets behind the quilt patches that are synonymous with the Underground Railroad. Areas examined will include why slaves sought out the Underground Railroad, the contributions of the Quakers, and a look at some of the heroic individuals who faced capture and death to help others obtain freedom.
An examination will be made of the “myth” of the significance of quilts to the success of traveling the Underground Railroad, including a lesson in decoding the quilt patterns used to communicate with runaway slaves pursuing freedom. The story of the Underground Railroad is one of courage and determination in the face of great peril, and should not be forgotten
Sponsor: Elon University.
Funded grant program of the North Carolina Humanities Council. The North Carolina Humanitiies Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.