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Durham County Library Hosts Stories from the Underground Railroad

Program: Stories from the Underground Railroad
Date: Monday, July 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: South Regional Library, 4504 S. Alston Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host storyteller Meltonia Loretta Young as she discusses the history of the Underground Railroad, tells tales of the brave individuals who helped slaves escape to freedom and helps the audience work out secret freedom codes woven in quilts. According to folklore, members of the Underground Railroad used quilts to aid slaves in their escape from the South. Patterns and colors, as well as the way in which quilts were hung or displayed, served to communicate valuable information. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 29, at the South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.

Young is an artist and Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. She holds a BA in African-American studies from UNC Greensboro and has traveled extensively to research plantation life in the Americas. Young resides in Jamestown, NC, when she is not traveling throughout the state giving presentations on slavery and the Underground Railroad.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Aiden Graham at 919-560-7436 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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