Sunday, December 05, 2004


Originally uploaded by himbly.
Listening to Sounds Like Canada the other day.

They interviewed these people involved in a project to commemorate the underground railroad in Owen Sound. A pretty interesting project, I'd say, on it's own. However, the woman went on to explain their usage of a 'quilting code' in the building of this cairn.

Evidently, back in the days of slavery in the US, there was a system of code in the patchworking of quilts made by anyone 'on the team', so to speak. So...a quilt containing different symbols would direct a slave to people who could help, safehouses, and, in the end, Canada. And the slave masters were none the wiser.

Very interesting.

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