Pre-civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

A Road Scholar Program by Connie Martin

Connie Martin with Quilt

Feb 3, 2024


Glen Ellyn Public Library
400 Duane St
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137



Join Connie as she tells the stories passed down to her great-grandmother Lizzie of how her family survived the Anti-bellum period through trials and tribulations. 

Connie shares how they used quilts that contained hidden codes and secret messages to assist abolitionists; white and black, in guiding slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Canada.

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

Lizzie s Story a Slave Family s Journey to Freedom Paperback Cover

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jnine Vaughn at

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

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