Pleasant Hill Community
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Pleasant Hill Quilters

 

The Secret Codes of the Underground Railroad

During the early years of the Nation, the Underground Railroad was created and was a successful effort to aid African Americans in the South to escape the drudgery of slavery. Their mission was to secretly transport slaves to Canada where slavery was outlawed. Because the Canadian border was so far from the southern plantations and slave owners effort to capture and return the escapees, travel turned out to be a hazardous undertaking.

Secret codes and signals were developed to guide the travelers through the hazards. One was the use of bed quilts presumably hung out for cleaning. Each patch of the quilt represented a signal to guide the escapees.

The Pleasant Hill Quilters have carried the tradition by educating the community about how the historical signal system worked. In addition to educational programs, the group makes and sells quilts to the public.

   
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