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

A Road Scholar Program by Connie Martin

Connie Martin with Quilt
When

Feb 11, 2024
2:00pm–3:00pm

Where

Elgin History Museum
360 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120

Cost

Free

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 awalters1953@gmail.com.

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