The Underground Railroad Quilt Code: The Experience of Belief


From Uncoverings 2007, Volume 28 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: Horton, Laurel

Laurel Horton is an independent folklorist and quilt researcher. A native of Kentucky, she holds a BA in English and an MS in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her 1979 thesis "Economic Influences on German and Scotch-Irish Quilts in Antebellum Rowan County, North Carolina," was one of the earliest studies of regional variations in American quiltmaking traditions. She authored the award-winning book, Mary Black's Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life, and has served as editor of Uncoverings.