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Underground Railroad
 
ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS * UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
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Quilt Notes: for full size pattern templates for this design, see JACOB'S LADDER (exactly the same design, but with a different dark & light arrangement) in CARRIE HALL BLOCKS by Bettina Havig, American Quilter's Society, 1999. A truly magnificent and very popular pattern, Nancy Cabot's quilt blocks also includes it as BLUE CHAINS. Online see quilting and assembly instructions at World Wide Quilting Page.

"The Underground Railroad, a vast network of people who helped fugitive slaves escape to the North and to Canada, was not run by any single organization or person. Rather, it consisted of many individuals — many whites but predominantly black — who knew only of the local efforts to aid fugitives and not of the overall operation. Still, it effectively moved hundreds of slaves northward each year — according to one estimate, the South lost 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1850." Read more on the History of the Underground Railroad at PBS.

Illustration (right) from Wikipedia: The Rankin House on Liberty Hill in Ripley, Ohio where thousands of runaway slaves stayed on their way north to freedom.
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