Underground railroad talk planned

Staff report

SIDNEY — Storyteller Adrienne L. Heard, of Trotwood, will be in Sidney, Thursday, Aug. 11, to spin tales of the underground railroad.

The Loose Threads Quilt Club and the Shelby County Historical Society will present her talk, “Aunt Rosie’s Mother’s Quilt: Stories of the Underground Railroad, at 7 p.m., Aug. 11, in the Amos Community Center at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 Cisco Road.

Tickets cost $5 and are available in advance at the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave., and at the door.

Heard will share stories, facts and folklore about people, places and events from African-American history.

“Aunt Rosie’s Mother’s Quilt” is based on stories of the underground railroad that were passed down to Heard by her Grandma Woods (Aunt Rosie’s mother) while sewing a “safety quilt” one summer in Spotsylvania, Virginia. It includes tales of the underground railraod system, disguise and subterfuge, stations and hiding places, secret codes and symbols and safety signals.

Shelby County and the surrounding area was home to several “railroad” stops.

Heard is a member of the National Speakers Association and has written a book, also titled “Aunt Rosie’s Mother’s Quilt,” which is a compilation of her stories.


Staff report