Program planned on pre-Civil War quilts
TISKILWA — Underground Railroad history buffs and quilters alike are in for a special treat in an upcoming program for the second annual collaboration between the Tiskilwa Public Library and the Tiskilwa Historical Society.
On April 8, Dr. Clarice Boswell of Plainfield will present “Pre-Civil War Quilts: Their Hidden Codes to Freedom of Slaves through the Underground Railroad” at 7 p.m. in the Museum on Main, 110 East Main St., Tiskilwa.
Ever wonder how fugitive slaves found their way safely northward to freedom along Illinois’ Underground Railroad? Boswell’s decade of research reveals that much of their communication, of necessity, was without words. In fact, many pre-Civil War era quilts held secret codes, interpreted by slaves and abolitionists to enable escaping slaves to follow a safe route.
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