Logan responds to Beckby Dorothy Logan, Harrisonburg, Va.
I am aware of the varying views and interpretations of Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and The Underground Railroad. I am also aware that there are other scholars who dispute the argument that the account is a "whimsical" story.
Black history has been passed down orally and is seldom found in written form. The underground railroad existed and was used by black slaves to escape to free states in the North. And there were symbols and places that aided many people to pursue freedom in spite of many struggles.
When I first read about the tradition of symbols Ozella McDaniel Williams received orally from her family and the meaning of those symbols embedded in quilts placed along the underground railroad, I understood I'd found a story begging me to help give it voice.
The Underground Railroad Sampler was recommended to the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Ala., and later donated to the museum as a permanent acquisition on June 23, 2010.
Associated Issue: Lawrence Hart's vision of peace - January 2011
Associated Article: The Underground Railroad story in quilts
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