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Valley Vista High School

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15550 N Parkview Pl.
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States

January 2020

Coded Messages and Songs of the Underground Railroad

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Valley Vista High School, 15550 N Parkview Pl.
Surprise, AZ 85374 United States
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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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