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They wanted freedom and some decided to run away. ... the Freedom Quilt' and 'African American Quilting'. Pretend you are a slave and want to escape to freedom. ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Freedom Quilts


1
Freedom Quilts
  • Using quilts as maps on the underground railroad
  • By Eileen Kirklen

2
Quilts have many uses. During slavery in the
United States, they were sometimes used as maps.
3
Many slaves lived on plantations and worked in
cotton fields. They heard stories of other
slaves on other plantations.
4
Many slaves had to work hard. Some were
separated from their families. They wanted
freedom and some decided to run away.
5
They would share information they learned about
where things were. They knew that if you could
find your way north you would be free.
6
The north star led the way north for many slaves.
They would look for the big dipper which they
called a drinking gourd because of its shape.
7
The slaves that worked in the plantation house
heard stories of different places from slaves
that would visit.
8
A slave that worked as a seamstress would listen
carefully and stitch the shapes of roads, rivers,
houses, woods and trails into a colorful quilt.
9
When a slave was ready to run, they would use the
quilt as a map to take them toward freedom on the
underground railroad.
10
The underground railroad was a group of people
that secretly helped slaves to escape and find
their way up north.
11
Without freedom quilts to help guide the way
north, many slaves may not have been able to
escape to freedom.
12
Slaves used symbols and pictures like those below
to make freedom quilts that were used as maps.
13
What symbols or pictures could you put on a
freedom quilt?
Symbols
Pictures
14
We read the story Sweet Clara and the Freedom
Quilt and African American Quilting. Pretend
you are a slave and want to escape to freedom.
Design a freedom quilt that will take you up
north to freedom.Be sure to include symbols or
pictures that another person could follow to find
their way up north.
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