Newspaper. Access Newspaper Archive Institutional Version. Quilt Codes of the Underground Railroad by Marissa Priddis on Prezi. Quilt Blocks. Quilt Blocks. According to Ozella Williams, an African American woman who lives in South Carolina, tells the story that her mother told her about the Underground Railroad Quilt Code.
Apparently, there were ten quilts used to direct slaves to take particular actions. Each quilt featured one of the ten patterns. The ten quilts were placed one at time on a fence. Since it was common for quilts to be aired out frequently, the master or mistress would not be suspicious when seeing quilts displayed in this fashion. This way, the slaves could nonverbally alert those who were escaping. Underground Railroad Quilt Code. Underground Railroad Quilt Code - Putting it in Perspective. By Kris Driessen To understand the special role quilts may have played in the Underground Railroad, we first have to understand the life and times of the people who lived during the years the railroad was running, approximately 1830-1862.
These times were politically turbulent and impossible to summarize in a few brief paragraphs. This article should be considered an overview only. In the first year of the US Census, 1790, the United States of America consisted of 3.8 million people including 694,000 slaves scattered along the 16 states of the east coast. The issue of slavery was a thorny one for the new government. Underground Railroad Quilt Meanings. Underground Railroad Quilts Meanings.
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Underground Railroad Quilt Code. Underground Railroad Quilt Code. Secret messages in the form of quilt patterns helped slaves escape the bonds of captivity in the Southern states before and during the American Civil War.
Codes: key to freedom Slaves could not read or write; it was illegal to teach a slave to do so. Codes, therefore, were important to the slaves’ existence and their route to freedom, which eventually became known as the Underground Railroad. Some forms of dance, spirituals, code words and phrases, and memorized symbols all allowed the slaves to communicate with each other on a level their white owners could not interpret. Codes were created by both Blacks and Whites helping the slaves. History of quilt patterns Most quilt patterns had their roots in African traditions the slaves brought with them to North America when they were captured and forced to leave their homeland. Quilt patterns as codes were passed down the same way.
Relaying coded messages No written proof. Pathway to freedom. Secrets: Language, Signs and Symbols. Make Your Own Secret Quilt Message The Underground Railroad was actually a carefully organized movement against the people who owned slaves and the governments that said they could do this.
Many people who had lived in slavery saw no other way out. But, in doing so, they — and the people who helped them — broke many laws of the time. Not all escaping slaves made it to freedom. Many times, they were captured and returned to their owners. How do you feel about the secret system that helped them escape? Here's your chance to share these images and ideas with others. Did Quilts Hold Codes to the Underground Railroad. Did Quilts Hold Codes to the Underground Railroad? Sarah Ivesfor National Geographic News February 5, 2004 Two historians say African American slaves may have used a quilt code to navigate the Underground Railroad.
Quilts with patterns named "wagon wheel," "tumbling blocks," and "bear's paw" appear to have contained secret messages that helped direct slaves to freedom, the pair claim. Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard first posited the quilt code theory six years ago in their book Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, published in 1998. In the book, the authors chronicled the oral testimony of Ozella McDaniel, a descendant of slaves. The code "was a way to say something to a person in the presence of many others without the others knowing," said Dobard, a history professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C.