Vickie Luster, a member of the Johnston County Historical Society, will present a program on quilting and the Underground Railroad Monday [APRIL 14] to members of Phi Delta Kappa professional education association at East Central University. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. in the Danley Hall atrium.
Luster also has presented the program to Dr. Marty Pennington's ECU Social Studies Methods class, pointing out that the functional art pieces were not only beautiful, they were also the "ticket" to freedom as the quilts kept the "passengers" on the Underground Railroad informed.
Slung over fence posts or airing on a clothesline, these quilts were strategically hung near safe houses or stations along the route to freedom, Luster said. They indicated either danger or safety as the runaway slaves made their way north.
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