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Title: The Underground Railroad


1
The Underground Railroad
  • UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

2
The Underground Railroad Quilts
  • secrets to a successful escape

3
Use of Quilts
  • slaves used a quilt code to navigate the
    Underground Railroad
  • quilts with patterns contained secret messages
    that helped direct slaves to freedom

4
How Did The Quilts Work?
  • a plantation seamstress would sew a sampler quilt
    containing the ten quilt patterns
  • slaves would use the sampler to memorize the code
  • the seamstress sewed ten quilts, each composed of
    one of the code's patterns, and hung the quilts
    in full view one at a time, allowing the slaves
    to remember their meanings

5
How Did The Quilts Work?
  • Quilts

6
A Sampler Quilt
7
What Were the Patterns?
8
Monkey Wrench
  • the monkey wrench told slaves to prepare the
    tools they would need for the long journey,
    including mental and spiritual tools

9
Wagon Wheel Load
  • the wagon wheel load told slaves to board the
    wagon to begin the escape

10
Bears Paw
  • bears paw told slaves to take a mountain trail,
    out of view
  • following the bear tracks would lead you to water
    and food

11
Crossroads
  • crossroads referred to Cleveland, Ohio
  • this destination offered several routes to
    freedom
  • it also signified a point where a persons life
    would change

12
Log Cabin
  • log cabin was a secret symbol that could be drawn
    on the ground
  • it meant that a person was safe to talk to
  • it also advised seeking shelter

13
Shoofly
  • shoofly identified a friendly guide who is nearby
    and can help

14
Bowtie
  • the bowtie told slaves that it was necessary to
    travel in disguise
  • or to change from the clothing of a slave to
    those of a person of higher status

15
Flying Geese
  • flying geese meant to follow the direction of the
    flying geese as they migrated north in the spring
  • most slaves escaped during the spring along the
    way, the flying geese could be used as a guide to
    find water, food and places to rest

16
Drunkard's Path
  • drunkards path told slaves to avoid walking in a
    straight line
  • a zig-zag path helped avoid pursuers in the area

17
Star
  • the star meant to follow the North Star
  • it was a reference to the Big Dipper constellation

18
More Quilts
19
More Quilts II
20
More Quilts III
21
NowYOU tell me what these mean!
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