Plantation Quilts & Gifts TM

UGRR Secret Quilt Code Pattern used to let freedom seekers know the method of travel would be a false bottom wagon where they would be hidden under produce like grain or hay. It was also used to tell them to or to ready their supplies and pray for the upcoming escape and dangerous trip.  Kid's Place      Page

Welcome Join the fun, come study and learn with us!

We have links to educational games, our books, 
National Park Service sites and more.

Jamel Thomas-Joyce, 12 year old Co-Author of jamel's Deep Sea Adventure is a Columbus Ohio Residen

To Visit Jamel Thomas-Joyce's Author Page

Co-Author of Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure

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 Jordyn Hiluf - Plum Branch, SC 10 year old Author

Jordyn was age 10 when he co-authored the book 
& is from Plum Branch, SC USA.

To visit Jordyn Hiluf's Author Page

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Read our latest adventure book

 Click here or the book to buy your copy today!

"Jordyn's Ethiopian Adventure"


Clebrate With Us We
Published his 1st book!

Co-author Khamanie Rutherford's book  of All About Feelings makes a great gift for families going though relationship challenges

Khamani J. Radford

Co-Author of "All About Feelings" 

Click here

To go to his Author's Page to
buy a copy for your loved ones today!

Teresa R. Kemp,Osinachi * Nana Efua Adadzewa 1st, Ghana, Queen Mother Mankessim Traditional Area * Author Keeper of the Fire * Co-Author of Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure * Co-Author of Jordyn's Ethiopian Journey * SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts in McCormick SC* Queen Mother * Master Quilter * Historian * UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Traveling Exhibition * Book your program today (803) 618-2250!

Click here for Teresa's Author's Page

Visit the world around you through

books & the internet.

Join your local library today!

Plan to travel to many countries.

Meet people here near you
 from other countries. 

Welcome them!

"We Use Education As A

Bridge to Understanding"

This Kids Place page is
for you to to have fun

learn about my family's 

UGRR Secret Quilt Code

Did you know at Fredrick Douglass'
had a signed quilt block? His wife was an UGRR Secret Quilt Code quilter.

African patterns and symbols were
sewn into American quilts,

used as maps and messages to assist
enslaved people to freedom  on the
Underground Railroad in the
18th & 
19th centuries in America.

Adinkra Symbols from Ghana & W. Africa are a textile language used to communicate information from town to village, in religious and official ceremonies historically and continues today. Some of these symbols were sewn into quilts that were used as maps an messages on the UGRR in America.

 Jamel & I have written the first book in the

Plantation Quilt's (PQ) Science Series: 
Jamel's Deep Sea Adventures

Jamels Deep Sea Adverture co-authored by Jamel Thomas- Joyce & Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp

to help you with your National & State annual test 

We help you with research, reports and presentations.

I e-mail Free documents to add to your reports for questions

When you are finished here don't forget to visit the
UGRR Secret Quilt Code
On-Line Museum  & Research pages
to learn more about the UGRR Secret Quilt Code.

If you would like to have the
UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Programs

come to your school or community

Call Teresa R. Kemp at 803-618-2250

Visit our Traveling Exhibit Page.

Latino Festival brought food, history, music, dancing and Latino culture to downtown Atlanta Music   

    Parties, Festivals,  Sewing    

Youth quilting, sewing classes, ages 4-8, St. Phillip's Summer Camp, Ms. Teresa Kemp instructing boys quilting class, Atlanta GA

are all great ways to share culture! 

Click on the hat below for links to the 

National Park Service's WebRanger Program

 UGRR Routes
Grades 1-5 for Ages 6 to 1years old

Explorer Games 

(clickthe magazine below)

Click here for more UGRR Games

List of Underground Railroad 
Sights by State

(click on map below

How slaves found their way North    

For grades 1-2 ages 6 to 8 years olds  
(click on map below)

Even More
Games ages 3-13 yrs. old

(Click on the game below)

Decendant of an Igbo metalsmith & 
textile artist/midwife 
(Peter and Eliza Farrow), 
as the 5th Generation 
Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp presented the 
UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit
in Underground Atlanta from 2005-2007 in Atlanta GA. 

Call Teresa Kemp at 803-618-2250 orE-mail:

 Stop Bullying!

Here are some really good tips, methods &
steps you can take today!

Forgiveness Fridays

(Please, don't wait till friday)

Ask forgiveness today!

We want peace in our families & in our towns, schools and lives. Here is a link to methods you can use!


I want you to be safe when on line & I found the
Fun & Games website of the (FBI)

Federal Bureau of Investigation Kids Page.

For Kindergarten - 5th grade 
Click on the link for new games and safety tips!

Click the seal below to go to their FBI Fun & Games Page.

Click the  Logo for link to the FBI Fun & Games page for Kindergarten - 5th graders


Many dispute the oral history of
the UGRR Quilt Code.

The proofs are now located in SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts located in McCormick SC, USA.

Click here to visit our Museum Page

I just keep researching to uncover the
facts as they were passed down 5 generations to me!

As they prepare for the 2016 Olympics
Games they have found the
slave port intentionally covered
in 1844 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

(Full story click text below)

Brazilian Slave Port Ruins
Unearthed in Rio's Olympic Facelift


Congrats to Emma Baumgardner!

* She was the youngest competitor 

She went to the Iowa State Competition
with her report on the UGRR Secret Quilt Codes.

Emma first won her school
Eddysville Elementary's competition!

Then her city of Eddysville, Iowa's competition.
I would like to thank her parents, her teacher
The National Park Service and all the groups that assisted
us in her prepartion for each level. 

We all learned a lot about the
Underground Railroad routes in and through Iowa!

If you would like assistance with a report
*Science, music, art or  history

Concluding a tour by reciting the 
"Quilt Code" that was copyrighted 
Ozella McDaniels in 1950
, long before the book,
"Hidden In Plain View" came out. 

Serena Wilson, Ozella's McDaniel William's niece did several television shows and book signing tours with co-author Jacquelin Tobin. Raymond Dobard also wrote articles about the book that appeared in National Geographic Magazine.

The book was written after interviews with Teresa's
great aunt Ozella McDaniel-Williams 
in the Charleston, SC Market,

My Great aunt Ozella McDaniel Williams with her quilts in the Charleston market where our family has sold quilts, sweet grass basket, hand made jewelry  & lemonade for over 50 years.
where she sold quilts and lemonde to tourist.

Nora Bell Farrow McDaniel, Master Quilter, Grand Daughter of Abolitionist Eliza & Peter Farrow, Mother of Ozella Williams, Mary Eva  McDaniel Strother & 8 others,   

Nora Bell McDaniel (above)
& her husband, William McDaniel 

had 9 children. She taught all the children at home,
until they were old enough to go to school.


Mary Eva & Ozella & her grandchildren (my mother &
her sister) had to can vegetables, meat or fruits, quilt, 
wash clothes, make molasses, candy, churn butter, wash clothes
cook/bake, tend farm orchards and  feed the farm animals.

She would have them read the bible,
recite their ABC's & numbers, sing hymns and the Quilt Code.

 Nora's father  Rev.  Peter Farrow (below)

taught his daughter, Nora and all her children the Quilt Codes,

 their numbers, ABC's how to read and write.  

 Rev. Peter Farrow Jr., UGRR Quilt Code Gullah, son of former Glynn County, GA slaves Peter & Eliza Farrow

He would tell the great granddaughters
they were lil' Igbo gals (girls),

 about his parents, Africa,
slavery times and his late 
wife 'Liza.

He would have them recite their shapes, do
times tables, division and spell thier names.
If anyone made a mistake he
would help them to do it again correctly.

Nora continued teaching the family's oral history and
taught her grandchildren
(My mother Serena & her sister)

Nora Farrow McDaniel's Cathedral Pattern Quilt one of the UGRR Quilt Code Museum's Plantation Quilts Family Collection.

Ozella's sister is my grandmother, Mary Eva McDaniel Strother, wife of Milton Strother of Edgefield, SC. She was born in  Applin GA. She is the daughter of Nora Bell (McDaniel) Farrow. Nora's grandparents did the Quilt Code.

  This Quilt Code was taught to Mary Eva,

Ozella McDaniel William's sister
Teresa's grandmother, 
(She made the quilt above with her mother & sisters)
 Ozella and Nora's other children by

Rev. Peter Farrow, Jr. (Nora's father). 
Nora had her girl's recite the UGRR Quilt Code while
piecing and sewing quilt blocks 
in the form of a narrative they memorized.

"We were also taught our, number's to 100 and how
to spell our names before we went to school"

Serena Strother Wilson, 4th Generation Master Quilter of the Farrow McDaniel family.

History Maker---Serena Strother Wilson (1934-2012)

* Click the photo to view her Art History Maker page

They cautioned them to keep it secret since 

everyone could not be trusted.

That ensured we would never
forget the UGRR stations, safe houses,
conductors and the way used by slave escapes from American
plantations to freedom North or  West,
sometimes South into Florida, Mexico  or the Caribbean.

 Did you know that people all over the
quilt, not just Americans.

Shown in this photo European Armenians made quilts as a community. This photo says they are making 2,500 quilts.

Armenian quilters in Europe
quilting with their community

Armenians hand making quilts.

A Gees Bend Alabama family
quilting in their home (below)

Gees Bend Alabama USA African American family sewing a quilt.

Many quilts are used to keep
warm at night when they go to bed.

Below are Japenese women in their bed
under a warm, thick quilt.

Japanese women quilt and used it to keep warn. Here they are under a quilt in their beds made in their community. They drank hot tea to warm them on the inside. The tea pot and cups are in this photo by their bed.

Below this quilt is being given as a gift.
It might be for a display,
only to hang on a wall and never be used for bedding.

Berea College Student present a quilt as a gift.

Does this African strip Kente
textile look similar to the

The Language of Kente is from Ghana West African. It is one of the textiles that was exhibited at the Quilt Code Museum by Leroi & Bertha Coubagy of Ghana. Can you read the Kente language? 
American Logs and Rails quilt 
made in America by my family? 

  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.

Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Nsibidi, Mende
shown beloware all symbolic languages
most Americans do not understand

 Other languages are 

exhibited & explained in the

UGRR Secret Quilt Code
"Art of Language Exhibit"
 Here are a few:

Monolithe of Ikom in Nigeria, People use to write on rocks, cave walls, prior to the use of paper.

Above 1 of over 200 Ikom Monoliths in
Cross River State, Nigeria Africa 

People wrote on rocks and cave walls

 Asian Languages are made up of over 300  symbols that we do not understand if we see them on signs or in textiles.    Hebrew Script 

Animal skin, fabric and parchment paper

 The Nigerian people had written symbolic languages. The language is called Nsibidi.     Mende script

On clay tablets, tree bark fabric and in wood.

There are dreidles shapes in this West African Kente textile

  This is a dreidel, a symbol of Jewish or Hebrew culture. Hebrew is a symbolic language. It has been found in ancient textiles, on animal skins, paper, engraved in stone metal and clay artifacts.

Kente Fabric with dreidles and menorah shapes in the strips of woven Kente. This is one of the textiles with the Language of Kente Exhibit that came to the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Exhibit in Atlanta, GA

Cultures with written language
and ones that
are said not to have written languages
told their cultural stories in

Slave rug with coded directions

or even on the skin of people.

West African Kuba lady showing her back shoowa scarifacation

If you want to learn an African language,

I found this website:

Igbo 911

Below the Irish display kilts and the
plaid fabric tells us thier
family origins and regions.

Instruments called bag pipes are being played at the Irish Festival. They play for celebrations and for funerals. The men are dressed in plaid kilts. There is a language in plaid fabrics.

This is a mud cloth textile from the West African tribe of the Dogon people. It tells about a cultural festival that is held every 60+ years. they had great astronomy knowledge prior to the founding of America.

Music is another non-verbal form of
rythmically communicating done uniquely
by each culture.

changes the mood, emotions,
expressions and feelings of those who listen.

African Zambian instruments are shown below.

Zambian Display of musical instruments in the Music of the UGRR Exhibit.

In the "Music of the UGRR Exhibit"
we show East & West African
Instruments and the ones that our family made here in America.

   Young dancer at the Latino Festival at Underground Atlanta. Mrs. Kemp & staff collected family oral histories.

Some of the African tribes used
feathers or animal skin for fabric
to make clothes
and even made maps

Tree bark fabric is made by
thinnly slicing tree bark in sheets
and it is
pounded until soft. 

Here is a "Tree Bark" map
from Zambia that is part of our
UGRR Quilt Code Museum's African Collection.

It was a gift from Joseph Kosa's
family and the Zambian Handicraft Association.

Now we can show & tell their story!

In America feed sack bags were always
re-purposed and used as fabric.

The UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Plantation Collection

also has postbellum "Feed Sack Bags". Feed sacks

(cloth bags that held farm animal food or grains)
were always re-used on our families plantations
and later on their farms.

They were bleached, taken apart  and used as fabric
 for pillow cases, dresses, table cloths, slips, undergarments
and of course quilt blocks. 

Little children have been
forced to work
hard, long hours without being paid.
That is the definition of slavery.

"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.

African dolls in our family artifact collection. Children in Africa had dolls, pets and toys.

African people (even children)
were taken 
around the world from their
and families.

Modern slavery is called Human Trafficking.

Slavery has never ended and
Atlanta, GA is the number one
Trafficking hub in America today!

All societies around the world have
had slavery except Switzerland & Ethiopia
was never colonized.
(Note: Individuals
from Ethiopia were captured and enslaved.)

Agrricultural & Craft Skills were needed in America

 Some of my family members Eliza &
Peter Farrow Sr. were brought to American and
sold in the Charleston, SC markets into slavery.

Charleston SCslave market advertisement.

 Peter Farrow my great great grandfather
was from the Igbo tribe and a
traveling (itennerant) metalsmith
in Amambra State Nigeria, West Africa.

Map of Nigeria. My family came from the area marked Igbo.  Most of the tribes are related and speak more than one language or dialect. Over the years they have migrated and intermarried.

fter years of captivity in
America he resumed his craft
as a blacksmith in Glynn County, GA.

He was free to travel and hire himself out to work.
Six months out of ea
ch year
in the coastal areas the mosquitoes were so bad
some of the pla
ntation  owners left so they and
their family members
did not get yellow fever or malaria.

Many european settlers
had died from these diseases.

Peter & Eliza would plan
and assist in slave escapes
from plantations where they would go to work.

Many enslaved Africans,
African-Americans and their children knew
the textile languages or  were taught.

When his owner returned he would pay him a percentage
of the money he had earned from working.

I have copies of 82 pages of the plantation owner's wills
and documents where he named Peter & Eliza amongst his slaves
and they  (particular slaves) could

"keep the proceeds from their labors
for their own benefit
all the days of their lives."

Coastal GA Family Wills from 1844 and 1858 naming Peter & Eliza Farrow as slaves and they were valued in 3 inventories\.

By faith, he endured years of slavery before finally purchasing
his freedom & Eliza's freedom also.
They were then married.

The "New World" (as NorthAmerica
was called) settlers needed the agricultural
and skills of these peoples in the hot tropical southern climate.

Africans for centuries successfully grew indigo, rice,
cotton, sugar cane, fruits, nuts, built storage barns, dried
meats & vegatables
for use in the winter.

They could "bank" yams as a storage techniques.

My family used the same techniques to bank white potatoes and sweet potatoes in  Georgia & South Carolina, USA 
when enslaved and when free on their own farms.

They have experienced generations of how to grow
 plants and vegetation in hot climates.

My family in 19th & 20th century
America kept many of the skills and cultural mores
they came to America with and over 100 of the
Igbo tribes  traditions.

The sewing of textile langues, basket weaving, domesticating animals, quilting, leather craft, caneing chairs,
blacksmithig and tree farming are just a few.


 Hunting, drying meats, growing-drying vegetables
& use of spices, rotation of crops,
cooking techniques,
weaving, dying fabric,
domestication of animals, training
horses, animals for food, milk,
wool or skins for clothing, math in trading,
entruprenures,  age group assignments, celebrations,
greeting visitors with gifts, furneral rites, naming conventions,
marriage practices, religious beliefs,
traveling, love for education and learning new languages.

  Photo of an African person winnowing beans in a handmade basket, Africa, Vietnam and  the American Gullah Geechee peoples winnow rice, grain or beans with hand made reed or sweet grass baskets. I weave baskets and my family historically weaved and sold baskets in the charleston, SC markets. I have several at the  UGRR Quilt Traveling Museum exhibits. We have photos of many peoples using winnowing baskets that are identical to the ones made by Teresa Kemp's American family, ones made in West Africa and worldwide for beans, rice and grains.

Photos of an African winnowing
beans in a handmade basket,

In Asia women winnow rice just like the did in Africa and America. This technique is still done today in many Countries.

Vietnamese and the American
Gullah-Geechee  peoples

Hand made winnowing basket

Winnowed rice, grain or beans
with handmade reed or sweet grass baskets.

I learned to weave baskets as a child and my family
historically woved  baskets,
made jewerly and sold them in the Charleston, SC markets.

I have several in all the UGRR Quilt Traveling Museum exhibits.

Photo of American field hand walking with a full basket on his head. It is the same technique used by Africans and  was used by the Gullah Geechee coastal people. We can still make baskets.

We have photos of many people
around the world using baskets that
are identical to the ones made
by Teresa Kemp's South Carolina
American Gullah Geechee family.

    Making things are fun 
     for the whole family!


We have created this Fun Place to visit with your family or group,
learn about the science & math of 
the UGRR, 
arts & crafts projects, games for exploring history and more!

    Mom does the Adrinkra stamp  activity with her children at the Original Creative Festival in Sharonville, Ohio.

After learning how to use stamps and ink pad, guest
moved on to use the Adrinkra Stamps.
They learned what we call

"American quilt patterns" are words and symbols in other

languages that have totally different meanings.

How can you Recycle today?

When my mother was a little
girl, she would visit her grandparents
home. One of her jobs was to to
take the scissors and cut up clothes they had out grown.

The scraps were going to be
used to make quilts to put on the beds to keep them warm.

Her mother, aunts, her grandmother and their neighbors
would get together and sew
on days when the weather was raining or cold.

My grandmother Mary Eva's
favorite quilt to make was called
a "Crazy Quilt since it did not use a pattern like other quilts.

Here is a photo of one of my
Grandma Mary Eva's Crazy Quilts.
Can you find the pieces of neckties

Mary Eva McDaniel Farrow's Crazy Quilt made with recycled clothes from family member's out grown clothes.

 "Follow the Flying Geese by day and 

  the North Star by night, up the Bear Paw Trail Bears hibernate every year. When the wake they go immediately to find fish water, berries, honey and a person escaping on the UGRR could follow the Bear Paw Trail to eat and drink and find shelter to hide in or to be protected from bad weather. Caves in mountains usually stay between 52 to 59 degrees year around.  

through the mountains."

  What does a bear have to do with the quilting or the UGRR?

Can you see the BEAR PAW in
quilt's pattern below?

Bear Paw Trail pattern quilt

Did you know bears were historically
found roaming all the way from Florida to Alaska
in the United States of America
until urbanization has destroyed their natural habitat.

The lush forest were replaced with  cities where we now live.

Bears hibernate in caves that
maintain a temperature of around 58 degrees 
Fahrenheit year around.

People escaping slavery used
these caves for shelter and followed the path's that
bears made to find water to drink,
fish & berries as food to eat.

 I will add more of the UGRR Quilt Codes

here throughout the year.

These coded quilts were used to show the direction they should
travel to the location where the abolitionist or

"UGRR Conductor"
would meet the people waiting to escape.

Knots have used to measure distance, time and speed?

Knots tied on the quilts would
give information like the date the escape will
take place or could tell the distance.

Knots tied have been used for centuries along
with textile language fabric maps in Africa.

Below are pictures of the
Exhibit that was located in Underground Atlanta.

 UGRR Secret Quilt Code Exhibit, Email for assistance with your report

Bear Paw Trail pattern quiltGeometry is challenging
but our hands-on
projects & activities
makes concepts easy to understand!

Boys doing a geometric activity in Atlanta, GA at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum Exhibit formerly located in Underground Atlanta.


Many Youth groups visited the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Exhibit , they learned about modern and historic slavery. They shared their family stories with us. 

It is fun to make your own dolls.

African Dolls at the WVSU Secret of the Quilts Exhibit
We displayed dolls from around the world
 and our guest wanted to make one of their own too.

Making Paper Dolls at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum, Kir, Calvin, Teresa Kemp &  staff all lead Kids Corner

Dolls and baskets were displayed and classes were taught at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum. It was just one of the UGRR Quilt Code Youth Activities boys enjoyed that Teresa Kemp taught. 

 Kir Kemp & Michael Bond making dolls at the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum.

 Where in the world are you?

I have lived in Baumholder,
Heidelberg, Hanau, Ruckingen
& Berlin, Germany.

In the United States:
I have lived in
Lawton, OK

Ft. Sill near Richmond, VA
Newark & Columbus, OH

Bramwell, WV & Trenton, NJ

Atlanta & Peachtree Corners, GA

Villa Rica & Carrolton, GA

McCormick, Troy & Beautfort, SC

I have traveled with my family,
sports teams and made reasearch
trips throughout Europe, and North America. 

It gave me a love for history people and
diverse cultures from around the World!

 How many oceans do you have to
cross to visit me in Atlanta, GA?

    How many oceans can you name? 

How many seas are there?
here are 313 seas on Earth.

How many seas can you name? 

Q. How many oceans can you name?

1. Anarctic Ocean

2. Atlantic Ocean

3. Pacific Ocean

4. Indian Ocean

5. Antarctic Ocean or
    Southern Ocean

(called Southern Ocean since 2000)

Q. How many countries can you name?

Now that you have visited my website about my
family, it is time for you to get busy working on your
family history or a senior that is in your community


Kid's links I like

Nanny & the Windward Maroons
Jamacia click on currency below

Nanny led slave resistance in Jamaica. As an abolitionist, she is noted for Maroon communities of escaped slaves

Here is a really neat WWI Website
that gives infomation on my the 396th that was the group
the 371St Colored Troops went with to France.
Click the link Below

WWI Red Hand Patch of the 371st US Infantry

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