Dear Parents,As you are aware, February is Black History Month. Thisis a special time to remember African Americans andtheir contributions towards our society today. In thespirit of this month, our entire school will take part in adoor-decorating contest. Our mission is to decorate ourclassroom door highlighting a famous African American.Doors will be judged on creativity.
Our classroom door theme is going to be “The Journey
For the next two weeks my first graderswill take an inside look at the life of Harriet Tubman andthe complexity of the Underground Railroad. One majorpart of our classroom door is going to focus on African-
Americans’ ingenious use of quilting at that time.
Quilting was used as a form of communication to run-awayslaves. The most important quilt patterns in theUnderground Railroad code are described below:The
pattern alerted slaves togather the tools and supplies they would need whenthey escaped.The
pattern told slaves to pack theirbelongings and provisions to help them survive theirjourney.The
pattern instructed runaways tofollow the bear tracks through the mountains,staying away from the roads.The
pattern indicated once through themountains, slaves were to travel to the crossroadsin Cleveland, Ohio where travelers chose from 4paths to Canada.