Past Events

Hobo Codes

Date: April 16, 2013 10:00 am to May 31, 2013 04:00 pm

During the Great Depressionin the early 20th Century, out of work individuals (mostly men) travelled the rails in search of work, food and lodging. These individuals were known as hobos. Hobos developed a means of communication through using symbols etched with chalk or coal on fences, the back of signs, trees, outhouses, or wherever a fellow "traveller" would see and understand the message. These messages usually referred to where one could find food, lodging, work and places to catch the train (where the "hogger" would not see them), which areas to avoid, among other messages. 

The display depicts poetry and art associated with this era, is assembled and presented by Broward County, FL, Poet-in-Residence, Anastasia Clark, and features the work of thirty writers. 

Please come by the museum, take a step back in time and try your hand at reading Hobo Codes.