Hidden Messages in Negro Spirituals on the Underground Railroad

A Road Scholar Program by Connie Martin

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Jun 5, 2023


Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library
3541 Park Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513


Open to the public

Powerful, sacred songs that derived from the heart of the antebellum enslaved African were melodic outflowing of religious expression, passion, and the hope to be free. Negro spirituals, as originated in America, tell of sorrow, trials and tribulations, secrecy and hiding, and hope for a sense of community.

Join Connie as she explains the connections of Plantation songs, or Negro Spirituals with meanings and interpretations of lyrics of some songs used in regions of the South that signaled a multiple of signs and tips that aided enslaved fugitives to find freedom.

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Sampler quilt of 18 separate codes made by Connie Martin’s mom.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Grace Watylyk at gwatylyk@brookfieldlibrary.info.


The presentation will take place in a room large enough and with an attendance cap set for social distancing. Participants and speakers are welcome to wear a mask if they prefer to do so, but there is currently no requirement for masking inside the Library.

Learn more about Connie Martin, this program, and how to book it.


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