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Friday, August 26, 2005


Pieces of history woven together in quilt show

From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

The 2005 Quilt Exhibition, a collection of more than 20 different quilts, wallhangers and pillows recently made by members of the local Underground Railroad Quilters and other quiltmakers, is now on exhibit at the African American Cultural Society Center in Palm Coast.

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A quilt titled "The Motherland" shows scenes of life in an African village: a mud hut, mother and child playing, people going to the market. One of the most intriguing quilts in the exhibit is titled "Escape to Freedom." It is a handmade replica of the quilts that were hung on fences and trees to help guide runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.

Since the majority of slaves were unable to read, the quilts were decorated with different symbols that told slaves how to escape to freedom. A boat symbol told them someone was waiting at a body of water to help them along their journey, while a bowtie told them to change clothes at a certain destination.

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