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Byway Quilt Block to be Unveiled at Museum of Rural Life

Byway Quilt Block to be Unveiled at Museum of Rural Life

On Saturday, October 26th 2013, the Lincoln’s Platform quilt block replica will be unveiled at the Museum of Rural Life in Denton as part of the “Stitching Stories of Freedom” Byway Quilt Trail project.  The unveiling will take place at 11:30 p.m. at 16 N. 2nd Street in historic downtown Denton.

“Stitching the Stories of Freedom: A Byway Quilt Trail Honoring the Underground Railroad” is a public art project developed by the Caroline County Arts Council and the Caroline County Tourism Office with support from the Maryland State Arts Council. Sixteen quilt block replicas are being installed on structures along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County throughout 2013 ­– a year that marks the 100th anniversary of Tubman’s passing.

“Through this partnership, we have been able to honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman and tell the story of the Underground Railroad through public art,” says Marina Dowdall, Executive Director of the Caroline County Council of Arts.

Eight quilt blocks have already been unveiled as part of the project. These include Chips and Whetstone at the Linchester Mill, Tobacco Leaf at the Village of Choptank, Whig’s Defeat at the Williston Church, Sailboat at the Choptank River Heritage Center, Cotton Boll at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, Garden Maze at the Foundry, and Pine Tree and Wild Goose Chase at Adkins Arboretum.  A map-guide with information on all of the quilt blocks will be available when all of the replicas have been unveiled. Information on the blocks can be found online at www.fiberartscenter.com.

This project has been made possible through the contributions of numerous volunteers and the Maryland State Arts Council. For additional information on the Byway Quilt Block Trail or to get involved in the project, please visit www.fiberartscenter.com  or contact Marina Dowdall at 410-479-1009 or ccartscouncil@verizon.net.