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MIDDLETOWN: FREEDOM QUILTS AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
November 3, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Performing in period costume at the Middletown Township Public Library, Trish Chambers discusses the history, legends and personal stories that make up the rich heritage associated with the Underground Railroad.
She explores how African traditions and story cloths documented the history of tribes, and set the stage for the slaves to learn the lessons needed for survival during their arduous journey to freedom.
African slave songs (Spirituals) and the lessons contained in them are also discussed. Using a facsimile of a freedom quilt the presentation also shares one family’s legend regarding the use of quilt patterns and the survival lessons associated with them.