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The Myth of Quilts on the Underground Railroad

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African-American History 
An extensive book list covering African-American History, Culture and Literature compiled by the South County Library in Suffolk, NY


The Underground Railroad and the Use of Quilts as Messengers for Fleeing Slaves
by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD  
To many of us, the use of quilts as messengers on the Underground Railroad (UGRR) is a myth. It cannot be proven through recorded historical documents or defendable oral history.


Patterns of Controversy
Debating the legend of quilts as Underground Railroad maps

By Diane Cole Posted 6/24/07 printed in the July 2, 2007 issue of US News and World Report


The Frederick Douglass Statue with the Quilt Code Blocks Debate by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD

Lest We Forget, the Triumph over Slavery - an online exhibition from UNESCO and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America
by Fergus Bordewich
HarperCollins Publishers overview and author interview

Barbara Brackman's Underground Railroad Quilt Club An online E-club of monthly in-depth articles, sources and references, patterns and discussion
by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD


Barbara Brackman's Underground Railroad Web page

Quilts and the Underground Railroad Revisited: Interview with Historian Giles R. Wright
by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD  


Hidden in Plain View:  The Secret of Quilts and the Underground Railroad 
Critique by Giles R. Wright 


FACTS & FABRICATIONS: Unraveling the History of QUILTS & SLAVERY THE new book by Barbara Brackman -- book review by Kimberly Wulfert

Fact Sheet on The "Quilt Code"
Fact Sheet written by Barbara Brackman, author of Facts & Fabrications: Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery 2006


Quilt Codes and the Underground Railroad by Ted Pack, Feb. 2007
"A non-quilter discovers the controversy and the quilt code. Sit back and read about this hot button topic with a bit of humor thrown in. Thank you Ted, a fellow Californian, for sharing your experiences."

For Teachers and Children

Ideas for Teaching
Based on:
Facts & Fabrications: Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery
by Barbara Brackman
For Teachers of grade school, quilt shops, and students.

"Them Dark Days": The Arkansas Slave Narratives
Though they were gathered three-quarters of a century after the abolition of slavery, these eyewitness accounts provide a vivid testament to one of the darkest chapters in the history of our state and nation. For your convenience, these excerpts are arranged so you can search using specific keywords, or browse alphabetically or topically.
 

Drunkard's Path Quilt Pattern and the UGRR

Written by Anne Johnson, former grade school teacher and a quilter. Good for the younger grades.
- African American Quilts: A Long Rich Heritage
- Underground Railroad Quilts & Abolitionist Fairs

- Underground Railroad Quilt Pattern

 

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