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Hidden in Plain View

A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

Author: Jacqueline L. Tobin,Raymond G. Dobard

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307790568

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8552

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.

Fleeing to Freedom on the Underground Railroad

The Courageous Slaves, Agents, and Conductors

Author: Elaine Landau

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 9780822534907

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 88

View: 2415

Uses letters, newspaper articles, biographies, and autobiographies to tell the Underground Railroad's stories of pain and courage.

Stitched from the Soul

Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South

Author: Gladys-Marie Fry

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780807849958

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 102

View: 374

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 Underground Railroad Sampler

Author: Eleanor Burns,Sue Bouchard

Publisher: Quilt in a Day.

ISBN: 9781891776137

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 168

View: 6775

The Underground Railroad story is one of the most dramatic chapters in America's history. It's a story about how countless slaves made their way out of bondage, risking death for freedom. This book features fifteen traditional quilt blocks believed to have had secret meanings to escaping slaves.

The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom

Author: Wilbur Henry Siebert

Publisher: N.A


Category: Underground railroad

Page: 478

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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Author: Deborah Hopkinson

Publisher: Dragonfly Books

ISBN: 0307793419

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 40

View: 8786

An inspiring tale of creativity and determination on the Underground Railroad from Coretta Scott King Award winner James Ransome and acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson. Clara, a slave and seamstress on Home Plantation, dreams of freedom—not just for herself, but for her family and friends. When she overhears a conversation about the Underground Railroad, she has a flash of inspiration. Using scraps of cloth from her work in the Big House and scraps of information gathered from other slaves, she fashions a map that the master would never even recognize. . . . From the award-winning author-illustrator team of Deborah Hopkinson and James Ransome, this fictional tale of the Underground Railroad continues to inspire young readers 25 years after its original publication. "Inspiring." —The New York Times "A triumph of the human spirit." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

From Midnight to Dawn

The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad

Author: Jacqueline L. Tobin

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307485153

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 760

From Midnight to Dawn presents compelling portraits of the men and women who established the Underground Railroad and traveled it to find new lives in Canada. Evoking the turmoil and controversies of the time, Tobin illuminates the historic events that forever connected American and Canadian history by giving us the true stories behind well-known figures such as Harriet Tubman and John Brown. She also profiles lesser-known but equally heroic figures such as Mary Ann Shadd, who became the first black female newspaper editor in North America, and Osborne Perry Anderson, the only black survivor of the fighting at Harpers Ferry. An extraordinary examination of a part of American history, From Midnight to Dawn will captivate readers with its tales of hope, courage, and a people’s determination to live equally under the law. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Always there

the African-American presence in American quilts

Author: Cuesta Benberry,Kentucky Quilt Project,Museum of History and Science (Louisville, Ky.)

Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr

ISBN: 9781880584026

Category: Art

Page: 132

View: 355

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.

The Patchwork Path

A Quilt Map to Freedom

Author: Bettye Stroud,Erin Susanne Bennett

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 9780763624231

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 30

View: 2563

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.

Harriet Tubman and My Grandmother’s Quilts

Author: Lorenzo Pace

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1477792899

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 9028

Artist Lorenzo Pace uses his grandmother’s quilts in a powerful, personal, and artistic presentation of Harriet Tubman’s heroic participation in the Underground Railroad. The Pace family artifacts are like the quilts slaves made and used for giving signals and directions to those seeking freedom. His unique narrative voice and point of view make this a brilliant, age-appropriate informational text. About the Author/Illustrator Lorenzo Pace is the former director of the Montclair State University Art Galleries in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. He is the sculptor commissioned to create Triumph of the Human Spirit for the African Burial Ground Memorial in Foley Square Park in New York City. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The Secret to Freedom

Author: Marcia Vaughan,Larry Johnson

Publisher: Lee & Low Books

ISBN: 9781584302513

Category: Child slaves

Page: 32

View: 9928

In the days before the Civil War, a young enslaved girl and her older brother help slaves escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad quilt code.

Hobo Quilts

55+ Original Blocks Based on the Secret Language of Riding the Rails

Author: Debra G. Henninger

Publisher: Krause Publications

ISBN: 9781440204128

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 256

View: 5343

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.

A Communion of the Spirits

African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories

Author: Roland L. Freeman

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers


Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 396

View: 3859

Looks at the wide variety of roles that quilting plays in African American life, including physical, spiritual, cultural, and historical roles

Hearts and Hands

The Influence of Women & Quilts on American Society

Author: Pat Ferrero,Elaine Hedges,Julie Silber

Publisher: Quilt Digest

ISBN: 9780913327142

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 109

View: 6262

Discusses the role of women and quilts in the abolitionist, temperance, and suffrage movements, and shows quilts associated with the Civil War and westward expansion

Stitching memories

African-American story quilts

Author: Eva Ungar Grudin,Williams College. Museum of Art

Publisher: N.A


Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 94

View: 5527

Facts & Fabrications-Unraveling the History of Quilts & Slavery

8 Projects - 20 Blocks - First-Person Accounts

Author: Barbara Brackman

Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1607053861

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 112

View: 9041

Did Quilts Really Lead the Way to Freedom? What role did quilts play? Barbara explores the stories surrounding the Underground Railroad. Read about the people who were there! First-person accounts, newspaper and military records, and surviving quilts all add clues. YOU decide how to interpret the stories and history, fabrication and facts as you learn about this fascinating time in history. Excellent resource for elementary through high school learners - curriculum included! Recall an unforgettable phase of our nation's history with America's leading quilt historian. Barbara Brackman presents the most current research on the role of quilts during the time of slavery, emancipation, and the Underground Railroad. Nine quilt projects combine historic blocks with Barbara's own designs.

Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans (c)

Quilts by Black Arkansans

Author: N.A

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610753074

Category: Art

Page: N.A

View: 3985

Arkansas is well known for its rich tradition of upland folk arts. Little, however, has been reported from the lowland areas, particulary on African American contributions to the state's cultural heritage. A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans seeks to rectify that oversight by drawing attention to the extensive, important collection of African American quilts in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock. Over seventy-five individual pieces of patchwork art are presented in this publication in full-color plates, each with a commentary by the exhibit's guest curator, Cuesta Benberry. The book details the importance of quilting to black Arkansans; the quilts' uses, materials and construction; and what each piece says about the artist and her beliefs. We are granted a glimpse into the living conditions and cultural mores of the quilters' lives. Regionalisms, such as the unusual custom of renaming traditional quilt patterns for things seen in the farmyard, such as Rooster Tail or Chicken Feet, and of piecing patchwork funerary cloths to decorate coffins are discussed. This impressive collection of cultural artifacts is placed in the larger context of the African American experience through an introduction by noted scholar Raymond Dobard (art history, Howard University), co-author, with Jacqueline Tobin, of the highly acclaimed book, Hidden in Plain View: The Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad (1999, Doubleday). All those interested in American folk art, the quilting craft, and black history will find this beautiful book fascinating and rewarding.

Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler

50 Quilt Blocks with Stories from History

Author: Barbara Brackman

Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc

ISBN: 160705566X

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 111

View: 1192

Features fifty quilt blocks that commemorate the one hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War, featuring period photographs and first-person accounts for each.

Stitching Stars

The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers

Author: Mary E. Lyons

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

ISBN: 9780689817076

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 41

View: 6557

This distinguished biography is both a portrait of an artist and a chronicle of her times. Born into slavery, Harriet Powers had always been a quilt maker, but at 49, she began working on her first masterpiece--a story quilt of the Bible that is now at the Smithsonian Institution. Full-color photos.

Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City

Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives

Author: Don Papson,Tom Calarco

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786466650

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 9911

During the fourteen years Sydney Howard Gay edited the American Anti-Slavery Society's National Anti-Slavery Standard in New York City, he worked with some of the most important Underground agents in the eastern United States, including Thomas Garrett, William Still and James Miller McKim. Gay's closest associate was Louis Napoleon, a free black man who played a major role in the James Kirk and Lemmon cases. For more than two years, Gay kept a record of the fugitives he and Napoleon aided. These never before published records are annotated in this book. Revealing how Gay was drawn into the bitter division between Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, the work exposes the private opinions that divided abolitionists. It describes the network of black and white men and women who were vital links in the extensive Underground Railroad, conclusively confirming a daily reality.

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