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 at significant sites along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway in Caroline County.
“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,” said Marina Dowdall, executive director of the Caroline County Council of Arts.
Blocks include “Chips and Whetstones” at the Linchester Mill, “Underground Railroad” at the Leverton House, “Tobacco Leaf “at the Village of Choptank, “Log Cabin” at the Webb Cabin, “North Star” at the Williston Grist Mill, “Whig’s Defeat “at the Williston Community Church, “Hole in the Barn Door” at the 4-H Park, “Children of Israel” at the Tuckahoe Meeting House, “Sailboat” at the Choptank River Heritage Center, “Cotton Boll” at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore, “Garden Maze” at the Foundry, “Wagon Wheels” at the Greensboro Riverfront Park, “Maple Leaf” at the Tuckahoe State Park, and “Pine Tree and Wild Goose Chase” at Adkins Arboretum. A companion trail-guide will be available in the new year with quilt block locations, stories and parking information for each site. Details about the project can be found online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/.
This project has been made possible through the contributions of numerous volunteers, the Maryland State Arts Council and by private sponsors. To sponsor a quilt block along the Stitching Stories of Freedom Byway Quilt Trail, complete the form online at http://www.fiberartscenter.com/quilt-trail/. Each $100 contribution will help maintain a quilt block throughout its lifetime. Sponsors will be recognized on the Byway Quilt Trail trail-guide, webpage and at the location of the block they have chosen to sponsor. For additional information on the Byway Quilt Block Trail or to get involved in the project, contact Marina Dowdall at 410-479-1009 or email@example.com.