‘Quilts of Faith’ Presentation at LBI Branch Oct. 26

By Eric Englund | Oct 16, 2019

Surf City — Storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson combines the legacy of quilting in the African American community with stories and songs of the Underground Railroad when she presents “Quilts of Faith” on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., at the LBI Branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City.

Wilson will relate tales that emerged through generations of oral history of African-Americans weaving secret codes into quilt patterns in the 1800s to pass on clues and directions to runaway slaves in their dangerous journey to freedom. Although previously considered folklore, many people began to believe it was fact.

Wilson is a writer, performer and storyteller from Newtonville, and has been writing and telling stories for more than 40 years. She has traveled throughout North America and the Caribbean, sharing stories from around the world, touring internationally in cross-cultural exchange programs.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library in honor of Rosemarie Wirth and celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week. To register, call the branch at 609-494-2480.  —E.E.

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