Secret Codes of the Quilts from the Underground Railroad

Presented by Barbara Graceffa ’82, G’96

All are invited to a presentation on the use of quilts as communication in the Underground Railroad network. Although the validity of the oral history is debated, Barbara recounts how the hidden meanings of quilt blocks informed enslaved African Americans when to start their journey to freedom, how to navigate their path, where to find safe houses, and other survival tips.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021:: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Barbara Graceffa, BA, MSM, is President and CEO of Secretary of the Interior (, an award-winning quilter and a trusted professional interior decorator. Recognized by as one of 2020’s top 10 Instructors, Barbara conducts classes and workshops on creativity, interior design, quilting, decluttering, and home staging. 

Participation in this event is free, but a $15 donation is encouraged to the Emmanuel College Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund. *Zoom link to be emailed to registrants on 10/12*

Questions? Email, or call 617-735-9771.

Wednesday, October 13 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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