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Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Connie Martin to learn about pre-Civil War quilts, and the secrets they held. This event will be held on Zoom.

Join Connie Martin 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 contained hidden codes and secret messages to assist abolitionists–white and Black–to guide enslaved people to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Canada.

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

Connie Martin, MA, is a retired teacher and popular veteran fitness instructor. As a Road Scholar, she provides historical education through engaging live presentations to create awareness, growth, and inspiration for Illinois communities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speaker Bureau.

The Library is committed to making programs accessible for all. If you need an accommodation to attend a program, please let the Library know at least two weeks in advance. To request an accommodation, contact the Programming and Outreach Manager via email at programming@urbanafree.org or via phone at 217-367-4057.

For more information, visit: https://urbanafreelibrary.libnet.info/event/9513068


February 7
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm