Past Event

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

Book Cover for "Lizzie's Story: a Slave Family's Journey to Freedom"

A Road Scholar Program by Connie Martin

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, and how they used quilts that contain hidden codes and secret messages to assist abolitionists; white and black, to guide slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad to Canada.

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

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

Town and Country Public Library District COVID-19 Policy

Social Distancing; Masks available for those who wish to use them (not required at this time)

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