Talk on slave quilts will be Monday
by Hawkins Teague
Oct 18, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Clarice Boswell will be coming to Trigg County High School’s Little Theater Monday to give a presentation on Pre-Civil War Quilts and how they were used as codes to runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.

Boswell, who grew up near Lexington, said that when her father was ill in 1988 and near death, he started spilling many old family secrets. This inspired to research her family’s history, which led her to find out what she could about her grandmother Lizzie’s quilts.

Three years ago, she published the book, “Lizzie’s Story: A Slave Family’s Journey to Freedom.” Kathleen Ort, who arranged for Boswell to come to Cadiz, said that she wanted to see Boswell speak very much after she read it.

“Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down,” she said.

Boswell said that she begins her presentation with music and then talks about her family. She then gives a detailed account about how quilts were used as codes to the runaway slaves and how those codes got to Kentucky.

“It’s not just the story of quilts,” Boswell said. “It’s the story of life and it’s the story of freedom.”

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