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Thank You AAQDG!
Restore Cleveland Hope is so grateful to the African American Quilt and Doll Guild (AAQDG) who recently presented us with a beautiful and meaningful gift of a quilt with 15 different quilt codes. One of those codes is the Crossroads pattern which represents the City of Cleveland. With so many UGRR paths leading north through Ohio, it would have helped to have a symbol for Cleveland. Some historians have questioned the validity of the story of the quilt symbols. What we know is that escaping from being enslaved was a very dangerous act. We also know for sure that there were lots of codes in song and symbols of all kinds which allowed freedom seekers to secretly share information and to find helpers. We choose to believe that one of the means of resistance and help was the placement of quilts outside that might warn of danger or point north.
The Quilters who made this gorgeous quilt are:
Norma Dixon (quilted the entire quilt)