Hidden Messages in Negro Spirituals on the Underground Railroad

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Powerful, sacred songs that derived from the heart of the antebellum enslaved African were melodic outflowings of religious expression, passion, and the hope to be free. Negro spirituals, as originated in America, tell of sorrow, trials and tribulations, secrecy and hiding, and hope for a sense of community.

In a celebration of the end of Black History Month, join Connie Martin as she explains the connections of plantation songs, or Negro Spirituals with meanings and interpretations of lyrics of some songs used in regions of the South that signaled a multiple of signs and tips that aided enslaved fugitives to find freedom.

Connie will also be sharing historical books and artifacts and hold an audience question and answer session after the presentation. 

Connie will be presenting in the library, please join us in the library or on Zoom.