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Hidden In Plain View

Author: Jacqueline L. Tobin
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307790568
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The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. In Hidden in Plain View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and scholar Raymond Dobard offer the first proof that certain quilt patterns, including a prominent one called the Charleston Code, were, in fact, essential tools for escape along the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams began to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. But just as quickly as she started, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was "ready." During the three years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold—and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew—Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an art history professor and well-known African American quilter, to help unravel the mystery. Part adventure and part history, Hidden in Plain View traces the origin of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to free blacks living in the cities of the North, and shows how three people from completely different backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story. With a new afterword. Illlustrations and photographs throughout, including a full-color photo insert.

From Midnight To Dawn

Author: Jacqueline L. Tobin
Publisher: Doubleday Books
ISBN: 038551431X
Size: 33.75 MB
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A compelling history of the Underground Railroad brings together a series of portraits of the men and women who established the escape organization for runaway slaves, as well as the people who traveled it to find new lives in Canada, following the dangerous journeys of fugitive former slaves to Detroit and on to safety at African-American settlements north of the border. 40,000 first printing.

Stitched From The Soul

Author: Gladys-Marie Fry
ISBN: 9780807849958
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This richly illustrated book offers a glimpse into the lives and creativity of African American quilters during the era of slavery. Originally published in 1989, Stitched from the Soul was the first book to examine the history of quilting in the enslaved community and to place slave-made quilts into historical and cultural context. It remains a beautiful and moving tribute to an African American tradition. Undertaking a national search to locate slave-crafted textiles, Gladys-Marie Fry uncovered a treasure trove of pieces. The 123 color and black and white photographs featured here highlight many of the finest and most interesting examples of the quilts, woven coverlets, counterpanes, rag rugs, and crocheted artifacts attributed to slave women and men. In a new preface, Fry reflects on the inspiration behind her original research--the desire to learn more about her enslaved great-great-grandmother, a skilled seamstress--and on the deep and often emotional chords the book has struck among readers bonded by an interest in African American artistry.

The Patchwork Path

Author: Bettye Stroud
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763624231
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While her father leads her toward Canada and away from the plantation where they have been slaves, a young girl thinks of the quilt her mother used to teach her a code that will help guide them to freedom.

Under The Quilt Of Night

Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481406280
Size: 74.10 MB
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When night falls, and all is quiet, a slave girl starts to run. She follows the moon into the woods, leading her loved ones away from their master. There's only one place where he might not find them, and it's under the quilt of night. Guided by the stars, they head north in the direction of freedom. At last, the girl sees a quilt -- the quilt with a center square made from deep blue fabric -- and knows it's a signal from friends on the Underground Railroad, welcoming her into their home. And so she steps forward... Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome team up again, in this stunning companion to Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Ransome's rich, powerful illustrations elicit all the emotion and suspense of Hopkinson's words, in a story that's sure to make your heart race and leave you breathless.

Sweet Clara And The Freedom Quilt

Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
ISBN: 0307793419
Size: 54.88 MB
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2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt! As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation--and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land--a freedom quilt--that no master will ever suspect. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Always There

Author: Cuesta Benberry
Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
ISBN: 9781880584026
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Thoughtfully written by curator Cuesta Benberry as catalogue for The Kentucky Quilt Project's installation of 1992 exhibition by the same title. Features 35 quilts in full color. Forewords by Jonathan Holstein & Shelly Zegart. Text discusses the historical context of African-American quiltmaking in the mainstream of American quilting & reviews some of the current artists' use of quilts as their point of reference. Published by The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc., P.O. Box 6251, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0251.

Barbara Brackman S Civil War Sampler

Author: Barbara Brackman
Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc
ISBN: 1607055678
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Journey through a historic time in American history with Barbara Brackman, bestselling author and quilt historian. Barbara’s book features fifty quilt blocks that commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Each block (most were first published in the 1930s) was selected for the symbolism its name lends to recounting stories from the era’s women. This compilation of quilt block patterns includes period photos and first-person accounts. Choose from pieced or appliquéd blocks, each in two colorways with instructions for 8” and 12” sizes. Dig into your reproduction fabrics and enjoy combining blocks to make your own tribute quilt.

Hobo Quilts

Author: Debra G. Henninger
Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
ISBN: 1440215286
Size: 58.47 MB
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Wrap yourself in a quilt that tells the story of the Knights of the Road. Explore the fascinating world of the depression-era hobo through the culture's hidden language of signs and symbols, all translated into original quilt blocks and projects. Hobo Quilts includes: More than 55 symbols used by hobos to communicate with each other converted into unique, never-before-seen quilt blocks. Step-by-step instructions for over 20 gorgeous quilt projects using the Hobo Blocks. Project themes include Mulligan Stew, Ridin' the Rails and Hobo Jungle. Historical stories and photos throughout the book that will give you a glimpse into hobo culture. Let Hobo Quilts take you on a journey to the times when railways were the lifeblood of America, transporting goods from city to city and carrying hobos in search of a better life.

The Secret To Freedom

Publisher: Lee & Low Books
ISBN: 9781584300212
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When her brother, Albert, brings home quilts that contain hidden instructions to help slaves escape on the Underground Railroad, Lucy must create a special quilt square for him when he is forced to flee after his involvement in this effort is discovered, in a powerful story set in 1860. 10,000 first printing.