Meaning of the Symbols appearing on the fence and tiles

© Photographed September 13, 2014
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
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Meaning of the Symbols
appearing on the fence and tiles
The designs that appear on the fence and times are "Adinkra" symbols of the African heritage, each symbol having its own meaning.
[click on photos below to view symbols and their meanings]

These quilt symbols are of African American heritage and each design held a secret code that was used to provide information to those escaping enslavement.
[click on photos below to view quilt designs and codes]
The plaque is affixed to the Walnut Street Bridge, where it crosses U.S. Route 41, between North 12th Street (to the west) and North 10th Street (to the east), Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205.

NOTE: The reference to these symbols "appearing on the fence and tiles" is the bridge to which this marker is affixed. I was unable to photograph the symbols at the time this marker was photographed. I will be returning soon to photograph the symbols and will add them to this post then.

City of Milwaukee: Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District: History

Milwaukee's Bronzeville, devastated by freeway construction, remembered and understood by a scholar-artist who sees some rays of hope as the city celebrates Bronzeville Week.  

2016 Bronzeville Week
  • Culture, history, art, commerce, community and culture rooted in a rich urban tradition will be celebrated August 6-13, 2016 when the 4th annual Bronzeville Week is held in Milwaukee, hosted by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs and Friends of Bronzeville.
  • The Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival will be held on August 6, 2016 from 10am to 6pm.
  • Click here for more information.

Bronzeville is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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