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The fabric of our history

August 15, 2012
The OBSERVER

Commemorating 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all slaves in the then secessionist States during America's Civil War, Fredonia Grange No. 1 chose as its theme for this year's Chautauqua County Fair the story behind a quilt hand made by Prof. Sandra Lewis of SUNY Fredonia. The custom-made pattern entitled "The Underground Railroad - A Journey to Freedom" depicts the necessary steps a prospective runaway slave should take to successfully pursue his/her goal in following the "gourd," as the Big Dipper constellation was known, in pointing to the North Star with freedom at its terminus in Canada. For more information on the quilt or other Grange activities, contact Tom Hebeisen at 792-9079.

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