lantern.jpgSlaves often sang songs as they worked in the fields. They also used these songs, called "spirituals," to communicate. Songs told slaves when escapes were being planned, gave directions on where to go and what to look for, and warned fugitive slaves of danger.

Read the words and listen to the songs.




Pathways to Freedom | Secrets: Signs and Symbols | Follow the
Drinking Gourd
Link 1 | Link 2

Pathways to Freedom | Secrets: Signs and Symbols | Music
Link 3 | Link 4

Link 5: Owen Sound's Black History : Song



Activity: Pick 2 songs from the websites. Explain what the songs meant to runaway slaves. Click on the discussion tab above to post your answer.