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

A Road Scholar Program by Connie Martin

Connie Martin with Quilt

Feb 11, 2024


Elgin History Museum
360 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120


Free. Hybrid.
Registration is required.

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 Alan Walters at

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