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Durham County Library Hosts Storyteller Meltonia Young

Program: Traveling the Underground Railroad with Storyteller Meltonia Young
Date: Saturday, February 15
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host storyteller Meltonia Loretta Young for fanciful stories about secret codes that may have been embedded in quilts created during the 1800s. The program will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, at the East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane.

Young will share the tales of the secret codes woven in quilts that some say may have led slaves to people within the Underground Railroad who aided their escape to freedom. While most quilt scholars and historians consider the code to be lacking factual basis, many people enjoy the stories.

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

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. For more information, contact Stephanie Fennell at 919-560-0213 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. The library also furthers Goal 2 by improving the health and well being of all citizens and Goal 4 by promoting environmental stewardship. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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