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Black History Month Featured Programs

 Message or Myth: Quilts and the Underground Railroad

quilts underground railroad

Germantown Library

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

(Registration required for Germantown event. Register online or call Germantown Library at 240-777-0110.)

Speaker: Susan Soderberg

Recently a theory that quilts were used as signals on the Underground Railroad has spread like wildfire to become widely held as historical fact. Kate Clifford Larson, author of the acclaimed autobiography of Harriet Tubman, Bound for the Promised Land says about this theory that "The difficult stories of slavery and resistance somehow are softened by the images of pretty quilts, but by focusing on those pretty quilt designs we are once again obscuring the truth. This presentation will go into the history of quilting in America and the history of the Underground Railroad and has a surprise ending with an entirely new theory.”

Susan Soderberg is a historian and free-lance writer presently living in Maryland. She has a BA in Art History from the College of William & Mary and a MA in American Studies from George Washington University. She was one of two researchers for the Emmy Award winning documentary, “Life in the War Zone: Montgomery County in the Civil War,” produced by Heritage Montgomery.

By Lestat (Jan Mehlich) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Open Mic Night (for Teens)

Silver Spring Library

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:30 p.m.


In honor of Black History Month, compose and share your own poem or short piece of prose.

Alternatively, you may read a poem by poets such as Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and Rita Dove. Refreshments will be served.

Please register online or by calling 240-773-9420.

Microphone photo by Jan Mehlich.

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