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Quilts of The Underground Railroad; Hidden in Plain Sight

The paintings in this collection are from the Underground Railroad Collection Hidden In Plain Sight Series. These quilts were a part of a secret communication in which folk songs, stories and mnemonic devices were used to convey messages about escape plains. The codes on the quilts were the patterns used, like the wagon wheel, log cabin, and shoofly which signaled how and wen to prepare for the journey.  The artist is showing the viewer how it would appear in plain view to passersby's, with only those in on the secret knowing what they mean.