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MIDDLETOWN -- On Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1:30 p.m., a Thanksgiving tea at the Knapp Library will feature Pat Cooper's Underground Railroad signal-code quilt.

The Knapp-Chestnut-Becker Historical Society is beginning a traditional observance, "Thanksgiving Tea Time," and is happy to have Mrs. Cooper display her quilt and inform the public about survival during the Underground Railroad days.

Fleeing slaves used secret codes in quilts as an aid in escaping to Canada. The quilts served as a cloth map to freedom.


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Cooper's "Purple Mountain Majesties" quilt was among those chosen for inclusion in the book "Great American Quilts" in 1987 and later for the book "In Love With Log Cabins."

The public is invited to the program at the handicapped-accessible Knapp Library, 101 S. Clinton in Middletown.

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