April 2008
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Ford
Jill Frye
East Central University
Communications and Marketing
580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)
Or Dr. Marty Pennington, Education Department, 580-550-5322

The beauty pageant is about to begin, and a nervous contestant, Carnelle Scott (Natalie May, far right), gets last-minute costume adjustments from seamstress Popeye Jackson (Catie Caton) in “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” a comedy which begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday [APRIL 9-12] in East Central University’s Dorothy Summers Theatre. Carnival worker Mac Sam (James Hartsfield, from left) watches Carnelle, and beauty pageant coordinator Tessy Mahoney (Katie Wilson) waits for her as Elain Rutledge (foreground) fondly remembers her own days as Miss Firecracker.
Vickie Luster brings hidden communication codes to life for students in an East Central University class with a sampler quilt of the various quilt patterns that were used to indicate either danger or safety as runaway slaves made their way north along the Underground Railroad. Luster, a member of the Johnston County Historical Society, will present the program at 4 p.m. Monday [APRIL 14] in ECU's Danley Hall atrium. The program is open to the public.

 

QUILTING, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD PROGRAM SET MONDAY AT ECU

 

Vickie Luster, a member of the Johnston County Historical Society, will present a program on quilting and the Underground Railroad Monday [APRIL 14] to members of Phi Delta Kappa professional education association at East Central University. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. in the Danley Hall atrium.

Luster also has presented the program to Dr. Marty Pennington's ECU Social Studies Methods class, pointing out that the functional art pieces were not only beautiful, they were also the "ticket" to freedom as the quilts kept the "passengers" on the Underground Railroad informed.

Slung over fence posts or airing on a clothesline, these quilts were strategically hung near safe houses or stations along the route to freedom, Luster said. They indicated either danger or safety as the runaway slaves made their way north.

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