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We  hosted the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit
in Underground Atlanta 2005-2007.

The 2020 Plantation Quilts Traveling Exhibit
Brochure is coming soon.

Please scroll down to view our On-line Quilt Code Exhibits
and check back we will add and change it weekly!

Below is my old commerical for the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Exhibit 

at Underground Atlanta in Atlanta, GA

Click on it to see the museum in the Background

The African Collections of the
UGRR  Secret Quilt Code Museum

Our colloctions are not just quilts

The drum below is a "She" Drum from Ghana, Africa.

West African mud cloths, she drum at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit, Atlanta GA  

The real talking drums in Nigeria
are 10 ft. long and 7 ft. wide with long slits on the top.

Boys trained all their lives
to play for celebrations, religious ceremonies, marriages,
deaths and to signal war.

These drums are never moved
from where they are fashioned.

One of the textiles from The Language of Kente exhibit  purchased by the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum African Textile Collection  African American hand made logs & rails quilt pattern in our Family Quilt Plantation Quilts Collection. It looks like the West African Kente Strip textile technique.    

Below Ghana's Kente Textile Exhibit

Video Presentation Area

   Ghana Kente Textile Exhibit the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum in Atlanta, GA

We've had many request for an on-line museum
so that patrons around the world could
share their experience and
new guest could visit us.

Photos of UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit, Family Quilts, Plantation Artifacts and 150 Abolitionist, UGRR Railroad Stations and 38 different Methods of Escape were featured on this side of the 5,000 sq ft. museum exhibit.

I would like to thank the 850,000 visitors
that signed our journals and shared their
family stories with us.

View of Plantation collection gallery Farrow McDaniel family quilts collection.

We will preserve you words
and culture for generations to come.

- T. R. Kemp  2013

In addition to our traveling
museum exhibits, we continue
to house a small exhibit of the collection of
Farrow-McDaniel Quilts in Malde
n, WV

at Booker T. Washington’s boyhood home purchased by
West Virginia State University.

On-Line Museum Gallery

We want to share the Exhibit with you.
Here are textiles from the African Collection!
Once you see the patterns
in the African Textiles you will
recognize the patterns that are being called
American Civil War Era quilt patterns.

  Serena Wilson  Serena Wilson on her 1st trip to Nigeria West Africa.


Our African

 Many people have heard that
the African people use
drumming  to communication
over long distances.


Textiles were also used as maps and 
information for centuries.

We have many examples of symbolic and textile
languages in our collections.

There seems to be a controversery
around our suggesting that Africans
had textile maps and symbolic textile languages.

Both survive, are still used and are still
understood worldwide today.

Each individual pattern shown on the textiles

in my collection is part of a symbolic 

language still spoken in Africa.

 You also speak and understand textile languages.

 If I say the words, "a soldier, nun, biker, 
a football player, a policeman",
no matter where you live, an image comes to mind.

You recognize the purpose and position of the
individual by what they are wearing.

I was taught that even the buttons in
European attire was a show of power,
wealth and prestige in past centuries.


Being decendants of metalsmith Peter & Eliza Farrow 

Our collections include lots of artifacts made of metals. 

I will continue to add photos here so check back weekly.

Bracelet shows intricate detail and were used for currency to historically purchase slaves in Africa

We always have parts of the exhibit that are
"Hands - On" in the Exhibitions

We have over 30 various size drums in our collections,
some we have available for for the patrons to play. 

Our textiles don't just show the Quilt Patterns but amazing unique
dying techniques that are being studied world wide.

This textile shows two different shades of Indigo 

desired by kingdoms world wide. 

2 tone Indigo Cross Roads Pattern Quilt in the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum African Collection,

Napolean Bonaparte of France
wanted the makers of the dye. In the 1660's France
took half the Island of Hatie from Spain
and called it St. Domingue.

Napolean wanted the scarlet, purple and blue indigo to color 
his banners and royal robes.

Slavery was abolished in France in 1779,
but allowed forced labor to continue in  St. Domingue
(later called Hati), which France had aquired from Spain.
They used slave labor becoming one of the wealthiest
colonies in the world producing indigo, sugar, cotton and coffee. 

According to the Bible over 40 scriptures contain 
the directions for the use of the colors 

blue, purple & scarlet colors for clothing of clergy, cloth
religious implements.

It also says who could make the blue purple dye
and fine linens required by scripture.
Exodus 26:1 

Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work shalt thou make them

Exodus 26:4 |  

And thou shalt make loops of blue upon the edge of the one curtain from the selvedge in the coupling; and likewise shalt thou make in the uttermost edge of another curtain, in the coupling of the second.

Exodus 26:36 |  

And thou shalt make an hanging for the door of the tent, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework.


Indigo in the King James Bible Version

2 Chronicles 2:14 |  

The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan,
and his father was a man of Tyre,
skilful to work in gold, and in silver,
in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber,
in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson;
also to grave any manner of graving, and to
find out every device which shall be put to him,
with thy cunning men, and with the cunning
men of my lord David thy father.  (King James Version)

More on Biblical Indigo on the Research Page

 Saught after since biblical days the sons of the
daughters of Dan, Canninites
and a man from Tyre had the knowledge of
how to make the blue dye for the temple ceremonies and
for the tassels of the prayer shawls

Biblical Indigo dye like the ones used
in the textiles below were in
use in Africa centuries before America was "founded"! 

2 Tone Indigo Wind Mill Pattern West African quilt.   

African people who had knowledge of indigo
agriculture were kidnapped and brought to America
to work on indigo plantations.

Otranto's historical marker shows the Plantation's indigo growing heritage and is the marker for the people that gave their lives producing indigo.

Part of the Otranto Plantation's indigo vats still stand.

The enslaved people die after years of growing &
producing the indigo dye it gets into the skin and is fatal! 

Some quilts tell a story just like a book has pages,

this story quilt below has panels to tell this African Bride's Story.

West African Burgundy Bridal Quilt in the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Collection Enslaved Africans brought their sewing, dying, skills and languages to the Americas.

 Can you read the symbols 

in the textile below? 

If so, please E-mail me at or go to the
UGRR Secret Quilt Musuem  Facebook page and tell me
what you see and how  you know the language.

Hebrew Language

How many Hebrew
symbols can you find below?

Teresa R. Kemp's African Collection at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum - Hebrew characters in West African Textile, Black Jews, Igbo Jewish Hebrew Tribes, Jewish language found in Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Teresa Kemp's Traveling UGRR Quilt Code Exhibit Textiles, quilts, African symbolic language in quilts, non-verbal communications.

Through out Africa Textiles were 
not just used as maps the 
one below tells information about the 
celebration of the 
Dogon people Mali West Africa.

Dogon Mud cloth strip quilt top in the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum West African Collection

The African mud cloths in our 

collection show the happy
of the
African tribal culture
to captivity for slavery
in America.

Black pots shown in the mud cloths below
were used for cooking
family meals in Africa and
our family has their cooking
pots here in America.

The African mud cloths in our collection show the happy culture of the African people prior to captivity for slavery in America. Black pots were used for cooking family meals in Africa and our family has their cooking pots here in America

 It was not just the quilt code
they remembered when brought to America for slavery.

 Our family fashioned bowls,
cups and dippers from gourds 
in America the same 

way they did in Africa. 

They used the shade of trees and brush arbors
in America to gather, praise and worship.

Elders gather in a community space the
same way they did/do in Africa.

Brush arbor where the met and worshiped in Africa and on historically  American plantations. Peter Farrow would come to plantations to preach and would hold meetings to worship and teach God's word.

The strip quilted Mud Cloth textile shown below is an
African quilting techniques done first in Africa.

The cotton is grown twisted into thread,
woven into strips, the individuals
trips are then sewn together
into quilt tops and dyed
with different colors of mud
painted on and then dried in the sun.

The Cross Roads & Rails (Logs) Quilt
patterns are shown below
is on the border of the strip
Mud Cloth Quilt Top

The African mud cloths in our collection show the happy culture of the African people prior to captivity for slavery in America. Black pots were also used for boiling water to wash clothes, prepare medicine and cook family meals in Africa and our family historically has their black pots here on their farms in America.

Agricultural cultivation with tools,
animal domestication, carring items on their
heads are a few of the African Culture depicted on these
West African strip quilted
mud cloths in our African Collection at the
UGRR Secret Quilt Code Exhibits.

This bow tie pattern shown below
in the border was among the
artifacts found at Igbo-Ukwu, Nigeria dig
by Thurston Shaw & team in 1950.
He dated the find at 900 AD.

(Its use in Nigeria certainly predates American Civil War 1861.) 

West African Mud Cloth with the log pattern and the cross roads quilt pattern boarder. This mud cloth shows the culture of the tribe carring items on therir head agricultural cultivation and domesticated animals in their compounds. These are just some of the customs brought to America by enslaved people. My family the Gullah-Geechee continued to do these and many other customs in Coastal America whether enslaved or free.

Our African Collection includes
paintings, jewerly, copper images,
askets, dolls,
photos, musical instruments, we
animal skins, documents, clothing and not just qu

"Children can play with pin wheels"

Is part of the Quilt Code that reminds
us of the hard work
children suffered when they had no toys.

Many Americans grew up during
the depression and their families could not afford toys.


After seeing our doll collections
patrons wanted to make one their own!

Doll Making Class at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibits. This is just one of the Quilt Code Activities enjoyed by youth & Adults alike.

Below are two of the mask that show the
Flying Geese quilt patterns in both designs

  West African mask embellished with metal, cowrie shells, cotton, semi precious beads, paint and grass. UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum African Collection, Teresa Kemp's Traveling Exhibit artifacts        West African mask embellished with metal, cowrie shells, cotton, semi precious beads, paint and grass. UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum African Collection, Teresa R. Kemp's Traveling Exhibit artifacts. Call (404) 468-7050 today to schedule your traveling cultural exhibit today.  

We had 28 African countries represented
at the UGRR Quilt Code Museum gift shop.

All had textile languages that
pre-date the American Civil War 1861-1865. 
Textile patterns used are now
called "Civil War Era American Quilt Patterns".

(Only in America)

The Zambian Handicraft Association
sent carved woods including tables doors,
semi-precious stone items, jewelry, 
paintings, textiles, Zulu Weapons, Animal skin artifacts,
masks, musical instruments, copper pictures, 
and more with the Mr. Joseph & Ensofa Kosa's
to help interpret and document the Zambian culture. 


Zambia Handicraft Association sent carved woods, semi-precious stone items, jewelry,  painting, textiles, Zulu Animal skin artifacts, masks, musical instruments, copper pictures,  weapons and more with the Kosa's to help interpret and document the Zambian culture.

Pictured above, Ensofa Kosa assisted
Mrs. Teresa Kemp with photographing
and identifying each South African
Zambian mask. He knew the use and
the tribe of Zambian or the historical use
in the ceremonies of the  South African people.

Large Zambian Mask was one of 200 on Display at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit 2005-2007

Our guest were able not just to view the majestic
art but understand the languages, the culture and
the history from indigineous, 
multi-lingual representives.

Kosa  brought me a "tree bark" map of the historic
Zambian slave trade and told our patrons
about current slavery.There are 5 "slaves trees"
under which slaves were held,
traded and sold for centuries.

I have been surprised at historians & researchers who say 
they were never taken to America for slavery or 
that slavery ended when I am still fighting 
slavery in Atlanta today!


We present copies of photos of Slave Auctions,
copies of Anti-Slavery posters,
UGRR Stations, Abolitonist,
implements of slave restraint and
methods of Escape were featured in
the UGRR Quilt Code Exhibit.

Posters of Slave Sales, Anti-Slave meetings, Slave Sales and Abolitionist in the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Exhibit



 Our collections are not just quilts and artifacts.

Aunt Jemima a postbellum Doll Collection

includes figurines, syrup dispensers, toothpick holders, 

 Teresa Kemp's UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Plantation Collections include Aunt Jemima doll postbellum collection includes figurines, dolls, napkin holders, syrup dispensers, salt & pepper shakers, tooth pick holders, cookie jars and more.

Teresa Kemp's UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Plantation Collections include Aunt Jemima doll postbellum collection includes 3 sets of these Aunt Jemima figurines and more.    Teresa Kemp's UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Plantation Collections include Aunt Jemima doll postbellum collection includes 3 sets of these Aunt Jemima figurines and more.

Teresa Kemp's UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Plantation Collections include Aunt Jemima doll postbellum collection includes 3 sets of these Aunt Jemima figurines, salt & pepper shakers, syrup dispensers, tooth pick holders and more.

We have newspapers, posters, copies of handbills,
enlistment records, voter records,

Glynn County 1844 & 1858 Dover Hall Plantation wills,

and my great grandfather David Richardson Strother's

1870 Rockhill Plantation owner,

Slave appraisements, bills of sale, birth certificate, 

death certificates and bible records.

William Jefferson, my great grand father, left Pittsylvania County, Virginia, moved to West Virginia where he married and started a family.
Organizational, church photos and many more artifacts
were used to document our families diverse
American experience and UGRR Abolitionist legacies.

The Quilt Code is only one of 38 different
Methods of Escaped used by slaves on the American
Underground Railroad. My family were southern conductors, Fredderick Douglass & his wife worked with norther Abolitioonist using this textile language. 


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