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Hidden in plain view : the secret story of quilts and the Underground Railroad

Author: Jacqueline Tobin; Raymond G Dobard
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1999.
Series: APL - This Is Your Life Association.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
Tobin met Ozella Williams in the Old Market Building in Charleston, South Carolina, and learned of the oral tradition and coded quilts used to navigate escapes 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Tobin, Jacqueline, 1950-
Hidden in plain view.
New York, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1999
(OCoLC)607086497
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline Tobin; Raymond G Dobard
ISBN: 0385491379 9780385491372 0385497679 9780385497671
OCLC Number: 40398013
Description: x, 208 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword. The Heritage of an Oral Tradition: The Transmission of Secrets in African American Culture / Cuesta Benberry --
Foreword. The Importance of the Decorative Arts in African American History / Floyd Coleman --
Foreword. Secret African Signs Encoded in African American Quilts / Maude Southwell Wahlman --
Author's Note. "Write This Down" / Jacqueline Tobin --
Author's Note. Stitching Ideas into Patterns : Methodology in the Writing of Hidden in Plain View / Raymond C. Dobard. The Fabric of Heritage : Africa and African American Quiltmaking --
The Underground Railroad --
"There Are Five Square Knots . ." --
"The Monkey Wrench Turns the Wagon Wheel . . ." --
"Once They Got to the Crossroads . . ." --
"Flying Geese Stay on the Drunkard's Path . . ." --
Steal Away --
African American Quilts : Styles and Traditions --
Epilogue / Jacqueline Tobin --
Timeline --
Ozella's Underground Railroad quilt code patterns --
Chart comparing African symbols, American quilt patterns and Masonic emblems.
Series Title: APL - This Is Your Life Association.
Other Titles: Secret story of quilts and the underground railroad
Responsibility: Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_313548

Abstract:

Tobin met Ozella Williams in the Old Market Building in Charleston, South Carolina, and learned of the oral tradition and coded quilts used to navigate escapes 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.
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