Our Library's Freedom Quilt
Published on Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:33pm
On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosted a Black History Month Kickoff Celebration. With crafts, stories, and puppets, we got Black History Month off to a great start at the library.
One of the crafts we did was make patches for the Library's very own Freedom Quilt.
Legend has it that during the times of the Underground Railroad, African American slaves used quilts along the Underground Railroad to communicate messages and signals that would help them to escape to freedom. Different patches on these Freedom Quilts conveyed varying messages, such as following the North Star, identifying friendly houses for shelter, or following a safe mountain trail.
Children at our Black History Month program were encouraged to create a patch for a Freedom Quilt that we could display here at the Library. Our Freedom Quilt is now proudly on display in the hallway outside the Children's Room on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Come check out the children's beautiful work, and while you're at it, check out some books we have on display for Black History Month.
Here are some titles about Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad:
- Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary by Jerdine Nolen
- Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter
- Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
- January's Sparrow by Patricia Polacco
- The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud
- A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, A Slave Girl by Patricia McKissack
- The Secret to Freedom by Marcia Vaughan
- Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
- Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
- Unspoken: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole