Students at the Morristown Seventh-day Adventist School presented an interactive celebration on Feb. 23 of the Underground Railroad. This culminated their study of the U.S. Civil War and paid tribute to those who brought about change during this dark chapter of the nation’s history.
Fifteen students in kindergarten through seventh grade served as “conductors” and guided approximately 50 “passengers” (the audience) as they assembled their supplies and began their way through a series of five “safe houses” on their way to “Canada.”
Along the way they sang songs of encouragement and maintained a lookout for bounty hunters with their dogs. They found rest and refreshment at the safe houses which were identifiable to them by a lighted lantern out front and a quilt in the window. For the final leg of their journey they boarded a rowboat to take them across the river to “Canada.”
Upon arriving in Canada (the gymnasium) they celebrated by singing songs of deliverance.
Students showed guests their writings and poetry and explained the code of the paper quilt they had pieced. Modern legend claims that certain quilt patterns are believed to have held a secret code to aid slaves in their escape.
“Students have developed a deeper compassion for the people of that era who were in bondage, and a greater understanding of the risks taken by free people who aided them in their journey to freedom,” Evelyn Heath, principal of the Morristown Seventh-day Adventist School, said.
Morristown Adventist School is a private, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist School located at 360 W. Economy Street in Morristown. For more information, contact Evelyn Heath at 423-586-1696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.