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Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad with Connie Martin, M.A.

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Join Connie as she tells the stories passed down to her Great Grandmother Lizzie of how her family survived the antebellum period through trials and tribulations, and how they used quilts that contain hidden codes and secret messages to assist abolitionists; white and black, to guide slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Canada.

During this presentation, Connie shares eighteen different quilt patterns in replica quilts and refer to a book her mother, Dr. Clarice Boswell, wrote about their family called Lizzie’s Story: A Slave Family’s Journey to Freedom.

In partnership with the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau. Zoom will be available, but the presentation will not be recorded.

Please register.

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February 11
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST