Listening to Sounds Like Canada the other day.
They interviewed these people involved in a project to commemorate the underground railroad in Owen Sound. A pretty interesting project, I’d say, on it’s own. However, the woman went on to explain their usage of a ‘quilting code’ in the building of this cairn.
Evidently, back in the days of slavery in the US, there was a system of code in the patchworking of quilts made by anyone ‘on the team’, so to speak. So…a quilt containing different symbols would direct a slave to people who could help, safehouses, and, in the end, Canada. And the slave masters were none the wiser.