Posted Date: 03/03/2021
Freedom. Many American’s take this word for granted, but to a slave in the 1800’s, it was their only thought. Unbeknownst to slave holders, the slaves quilted a path to the north and freedom. Escape was risky at best, but with the help of a “Freedom Quilt,” the route became clear to the slaves.
Students in Mrs. Smith’s 8th grade social studies classes read the book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson and discussed the slaves’ use of quilts to gain freedom. Each student then designed their own quilt block and wrote about the meaning of the block. Designs had to include at least three colors, geometric shapes and unique materials. All 8th grade student designs will be placed together to make a quilt for each hour.
Classes also looked at the impact that Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad had in Kansas in the 1850’s and 1860’s.