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1. From: Pen Bogert [mailto:Bogert@filsonhistorical.org] I have researched thousands of ads in Kentucky newspapers for escaped slaves, read dozens of narratives and interviews, researched hundreds of KY court cases involving slaves who were captured and brought back to KY, talked with over a dozen people in Louisville who claim to have UGRR tunnels leading from their house to the Ohio River and have yet to see any mention of a quilt. I sat through a presentation of "Hidden From Plain View" and was left wondering, well, what if the quilt was accidently hung the wrong way? I think Dr. Finkleman's idea of researching this as a late 20th c. myth creation is a good one. This myth does a disservice to those who attempted to escape - many of whom knew very well which roads to take and which areas to avoid. Read Benjamin Drew's interview with Henry Morehead - who escaped from Louisville, read his own wanted poster in Indiana, changed his route and made it to Canada! This myth is topped only by an article that appeared in the February 22, 1998 issue of the Lexington, KY Herald-Leader: Yes, lawn jockeys were placed "throughout the South" to help the geographically-impaired slaves find their way to Canada. Pen Bogert 2. From: paul-finkelman@UTULSA.EDU As I suggested earlier, the really interesting aspect of this is not the history of quilts and the UGRR, because that is nonsense. Rather, it is 1) the impressive desire of people to believe this fantasy and propagate it; 2) the shrewd ability of some people to figure out how to make a profit from it (or at least their attempt to do so) and 3) the declining standards of American publishers who are willing to put out books, like "Hidden in Plain View," that could not get a passing grade in a high school history course (but of course might in a creative writing course), and market such books as "history." Thanks to Leigh Fellner for her work on this problem!