Just as Negro Spirituals contained hidden messages or secret codes during the Civil War, there have been theories that special quilts were made as a map to guide slaves to the Underground Railroad and freedom. Although the ‘quilt codes’ have been debunked by many historians, the idea of using coded language or visual imagery to communicate information and ideas, especially in oppressed communities globally, is still a relevant and important concept in our world today. Using your imagination, join Kulture Kids artist, Wendy Mahon to design and create a coded, paper quilt map that could have helped slaves find their way from Cleveland to Canada! Use geometry, mapping, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and the tools of visual art to create a classroom quilt map of a journey to freedom.
An excellent companion piece to assembly program The Last Fugitive Slave: Ohio.