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June 2021

Topic Coded Messages and Songs of the Underground Railroad with Dr. Tamika Sanders

June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
AZ United States

Communication and secrecy were key to the successful operation of the Underground Railroad. Safety was more important than quickness. Both fugitive slaves and members of the Underground Railroad learned to code and decode hidden messages, and to disguise signs to avoid capture. There were code names for routes and code numbers for towns. A quilt hanging on a clothesline with a house and a smoking chimney among its designs indicated a safe house. The song, “Follow the Drinking Gourd” served…

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