I want a different slant on Eleanor Burns UGRR . . . . so I did a quilt read by Randy Akers / professor of visual communications / He prefaced his artist’s statement with a quote: “If you’re tired, keep going, if you’re hungry keep going, if you’re scared, keep going, if you want to taste freedom keep going.” Harriet Tubman (1819-1913) slave, guide and feminist.
He wrote, “The Underground Railroad was a diverse, flexible and interlocking system of activists who helped fugitive African American slaves in the South escape to Canaan (the North and Canada) in the early and mid 1800’s. The Railroad, its “stationmasters,” and “conductors” consisted of many dedicated Abolitionists, Quakers, and former slaves who knew only of their local efforts to aid fugitives and not of the bigger overall operation. It was this country’s first racially integrated civil rights movement and a seedbed for the Feminist movement with women and men taking equal risks and responsibilities. Hundreds of slaves were moved northward each year as an estimated 100,000 slaves escaped to freedom between 1810 and 1850. The Underground Railroad changed not only the lives of the people saved by the successes of its secretive and dangerous efforts, but also the conscience of a nation.
Kunta Kenta (ROOTS series) was asked.... 'What it like to be free - African?"