“Quilt Code” Removed from Nashville, Tennessee, Project

Ever since the book, Hidden in Plain View was published about eleven years ago, there has been much discussion about a “quilt code.”  The story was debunked; the code is myth, but unfortunately, many schools teach it as fact in the US.

The City Paper in Nashville, Tennessee, has this article dated September 29, 2011,  “Metro ‘quilt’ art draws national scrutiny for historical inaccuracy ‘ at: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/metro-quilt-art-draws-national-scrutiny-historical-inaccuracy

That article refers to this one published January 23, 2007, in the  New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/nyregion/23quilt.html?scp=1&sq=quilt+code&st=nyt   “In Douglass Tribute, Slave Folklore and Fact Collide.”

In both instances the two cities had planned to use taxpayer money to construct artwork featuring the quilt code, but quilt historians informed the powers that be that the code is a myth and not fact; it’s a great story.    New York went ahead and completed their project,  but without the quilt code as part of it.

Now Nashville finds itself in a similar situation; the art would continue to have a quilt theme, but will no longer commemorate the Underground Railroad.

It’s apparent that as long as schools continue to teach the quilt code as part of US history, unknowingly, these kinds of activities will continue to occur.   Will the historians “fix’ them all before tax money is used to promote fiction?

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