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Quilting and history presented at March 11 AAUW event

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Tyler Branch hosts a program dedicated to preserving the art of quilt making.

The women of the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group will combine their talents with history to present a dynamic presentation of the Underground Railroad Quilt Code at 10:30 a.m. March 11 at First Christian Church. The event costs $12 and includes lunch.

The women also use their skills to raise funds for worthy causes including the restoration and preservation of the Pleasant Hill Center, A Historical Rosenwald School.

The Underground Railroad aided African Americans in the South to escape slavery. The mission was to secretly transport slaves to Canada where slavery was outlawed.  Travel was a hazardous undertaking, as the trek to the Canadian border was so far away.

Secret codes and signals were developed to guide the travelers through the hazards, which included the use of bed quilts presumably hung out for cleaning. Each patch of the quilt represented a signal to guide people who escaped.

To register for the event, complete this form with payment no later than March 7. Quilts are available for sale at the event. (Cash or check only)

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