Ms. Daisy Bennett talked to us about the quilt code that was developed to help escaping slaves through their journey along the underground railroad. She illustrated her talk with a beautiful quilt that had examples of the patterns she discussed.
Ms. Daisy Bennett described the squares of an underground railroad quilt containing some of the patterns reported to be sewn by slaves to help escapees find their way.
|When & Where to Leave|
Log Cabin: Represents a Safe Haven
|Bow Tie||Travel Method: Sailboat||Pin Wheel: Entertain Children. Cover your Scent|
|Monkey Wrench: Take Tools||Crossroads: One Half way Point. Go on or turn back||Bow Tie: Dress to fit the Surroundings||Drunken Path: Travel in a Zig-Zag Pattern|
Dresden Pattern: Safe
Light in Church Window
Travel Method: Wagon
|Basket: Leave with Food covered with Flowers||Shoefly: Scatter||Birds in the Air: By the Seasons. North or South||Nine Patch: Plant a Garden in the North|
|Hung in the Direction to Go||Bear's Paw: Follow the North Star||Shoefly: Come Together||Flying Geese: Follow the Arrows||North Star|