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[ARCHIVED] Learn How Quilts Were Used to Communicate During the Underground Railroad Era

Image of two quilts to accompany story about how the underground railroad used quilts to communicate

Learn How Quilts Were Used to Communicate During the Underground Railroad Era

Tamarac, Fla. (February 25, 2021) – The City of Tamarac is teaming up with renowned South Florida artist George Gadson to offer a virtual class exploring how quilts were used to communicate in the days of the Underground Railroad as the City wraps up its series of Black History Month events. 

“Quilting: A Historical Perspective Through Art,” will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27th, and is sure to appeal to people who are creative, crafty or interested in history.

Wagon wheel, tumbling blocks and bear's paw are only a few of the rumored code names for quilt patterns that helped direct enslaved people on a dangerous journey to freedom during the early to mid-1800s.

Participants will learn about these patterns and more as they are introduced to quilts by artist Faith Ringgold and Gee’s Bend quilters. They will also be guided through the process of creating their own paper quilts during this interactive event. 

The cost to participate is $5 per family. Required materials include a white or black foam board, glue sticks, colored tissue paper, multi-colored construction paper and scissors. Used magazines are optional. 

Proceeds will be donated to United Way.

To register, visit For additional information, call the Tamarac Parks and Recreation Department at (954) 597-3620. 

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Tamarac covers a 12-square mile area in western Broward County and is home to more than 65,000 residents and approximately 2,000 businesses. Ideally situated, Tamarac provides easy access to highways, railways, airports and waterways, and a wealth of cultural and sports activities. Tamarac’s median age continues to grow younger and the population more diverse, as people recognize the City as a great place to spend their lives. For more information visit


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