Telling the story of the Underground Railroad through the Imagery of Quilts
15 quilt blocks to be installed on structures along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and All American Road throughout the year 2013 in honor of the centennial celebration of Harriet Tubman
The First Block: Chips and Whetstones
Located on the Assistant Millers house at the Linchester Mill site,
3390 Linchester Rd, Preston, MD 21655
Painted by Marjorie Scott, CRHS art teacher with help from Cameron Hinson, CRHS student
March 9th, 2013, 1:30pm
Chips and Whetstone block is named after the sharpening stone used on knives, sickles, and other sharp farm implements. A small portion of the enslaved were selected to learn traditional skilled arts and were often apprenticed to neighboring farms to learn their craft. These skilled slaves were essential to the farm and the various trades of their owners. Often, their skills would have brought in extra income through the common practice of renting them out to neighbors and fellow businessmen.
During the time spent away from their owners, slaves would have the opportunity to interact with other slaves and freemen of color. Through these sources, slaves were able to acquire information of those sympathetic to their cause, where help could be attained. Help consisted of forged documents, escape routes, location of safe houses, clothes, and money. An example of a skilled slave who used these contacts was Frederick Douglass, who was a caulker on ships in the Baltimore Harbor.
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Special thanks to our Quilt Trail committee:
Marina Dowdall, Kathy Mackel, Danielle Darling, Christina Lippincott, Amy Jacocks, Donna Hayes and Mick McCrea
This project has been funded, in part, by the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Caroline Office of Tourism, and the Maryland States Arts Council, agencies dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.