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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

 

Quilt links Northwestern Indiana with freedom run


As a black woman, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Ranger Kelli English finds the story of the Underground Railroad compelling, even at a distance of 150 years.

So she wasn’t being flip when she told a well-attended program at the Douglas Learning Center in Gary that the pre-Civil War slave escape route is “a neat moment in American history.”

“Some of us have ancestors who were slaves,” she said. “Many have ancestors who did the enslaving. It was ugly, horrific, and it must never happen again.”

Friday’s program on the history of the Underground Railroad was a prelude to a Saturday program at the Bailly Ranger Station on a part of the Underground Railroad that English finds “neat,” the use of quilts to relay coded messages to guide slaves to freedom.

Read the entire Post-Tribune article here.




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