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Signal Songs of the Underground Railroad
with Phyllis Wade
Tues.-Wed., Feb. 14-15 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Ripley Center, Smithsonian
Recommended for Ages 7-14 / 2nd Grade – 8th Grade

Signal Songs of the Underground Railroad with Phyllis WadeWith the aid of her powerful voice, Phyllis Wade combines acapella spirituals, slave narratives, and stories passed down through generations to pay tribute to one of the move controversial periods of our nation’s history.  The music we have come to know as “signal songs” was used by slaves to communicate with one another and to share directions to the Promised Land via the Underground Railroad.  These powerful songs and stories will move you to stand up, clap, sing and rejoice for freedom.

About the Artist:
Phyllis Wade resides in Rochester, New York, and travels to various institutions around the country to share her research on the history of U.S. slavery through song and narrative.  She has been performing professionally since 1970.  Wade’s stories originate from her research, as well as from her family history.  After conducting research online, she consulted a variety of sources, and was often guided by people in the Rochester area.  Rochester was a station on the Underground Railroad; the Harriet Tubman home is located in nearby Auburn.  Also crucial to Wade’s research were several books published by relatives, which document her family’s history.  Her paternal great-grandparents were slaves.  Many of her mother’s ancestors were free people of color.  As Wade states, “This is my heritage.”

Resources for Educators:
Standards of Learning
Learning Guide