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Ikolo (drum) from Awka Nigeria was a method of Igbo communication, played at celebrations & ceremonies. Gift to the Frontier Museum in Staunton VA USA in July 2014 by Obi Gibson Nwous.News & Events 

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Pray for the families affected by Coronavirus & Shootings

Faces of Rap Mothers New book is out!

Ms. Teresa R. Kemp is on the cover!

Order your copy today!

Congrats To #FacesofRapMothers Participants #Book Number 4 Tina Brown Shonta Gibson Carlene Corsey #TeresaRKemp (Historian for the Faces of Rap Mothers Online Museum & Learning Portal) Theresa Ford Dianna Boss Mariah Marie Jerido Nakendra Harris-Mason Lena Moss Ames Antonette Demia Rosebaugh Chemia Wilkens Tabitha Langston Bonnie Williams Carlton T. Strother Shanico Stevens Jamika Smith Love Wisdom Congrats To all you beautiful ladies Lawrence Lee Margie Lee Towanda Warren Roderick Fernan Henry Tamika Engaged

Book Details:
Publisher : Beat Deep Books (November 30, 2019)
Language : English * Hardcover : 192 pages
ISBN-10 : 1947704168 * ISBN-13 : 978-1947704169
Item Weight : 1.74 pounds

Join tTeresa R. Kemp  will be a speaking at the #One Africa/USA Day 2020 Unveiling Slavery Together by Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs #UnitedNations #UNESCO Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Rememberance Celebration United Nations

in honoring people

of #AfricanDesent

Come Celebrate with us

I will be presenting 

Voyages -

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

International Decade for People of #AfricanDescent

Several Venues throughout Downtown McCormick, SC 29835

SC Wild's Heritage Center 

of Plantation Quilts

 For Information Call:  

(803) 618-2250

(Mail Drop in door at the end of the Depot)

Visit our  Facebook Page or

Instagram #1KeeperoftheFire

Visit the historic sights & venues in McCormick

Dorn Gold Mine
(McCormick Gold Mining Heritage)

Cotton Gin & Grist Mill
(Sight of Community Competition Entries)

(McCormick Arts Council at the Kethura)

Support the Lion's Club; the Mcormick County Humane Society,

Cornerstone  -

Voter's Registration, Veterans Information

Health Information & More!

Thanks to SC Relic Room Archives
for the information and Handouts

Watch for our Traveling Exhibit

Heritage Class Schedule

Documents & Photos from
the collections of former enslaved

Abolitionist Peter & Eliza Farrow

SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts™


Check out the latest activities of 

Lucinda J. Clark of the Poetry Matters Project TM
Poetry Matters Project

Let us assist you with Social Media presence, publishing
your work, improving your performance of your poetry!


World History * SC History * Black History

 * Donations Accepted *

RSVP to Ms Teresa R. Kemp (803) 618-2250

UGRR Secrets of the Quilts * Classes * 

Crafts * Military History Exhibits *

John Rhodes Mining Discussions *

 International Displays & More


Come see legislation from around

the world on abolitishment of slavery.

Also Underground Railroad

"Messages in the Music"

"Quilts of the Farrow McDaniel Strother Family"

Village Life Story  Quilt from the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum' s African Collection


I Have Chosen Education As A

Bridge to Understanding


    I can't change my ancestor being taken       

from West Africa/Anambra State, Nigeria

 but I can provide education & relief.


Celebrating 100 years after WWI, we honor our families 

the service contributions of all Veterans & their loved ones

Our Traveling Exhibits Are

Open to the Public

Handicapped Accessible * Free Parking



Thank you for Joining me!


Book Discussion on Biafra Radio 24

Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp, Atlanta's Quilt Lady, Author of Keeper of the Fire

Visit my blog
for updates.

Radio Biafra 24 (From London)

11:00 am EST or 3:00 pm GMT

I learned a lot during the

book discussion of

"Keeper of the Fire:

An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka".

It documents my family history from West Africa to 

America for slavery and the passing down of that

history 187 years in America to me.


My family sewed African patterns &
symbols into quilts (textiles) in America
that were used as maps and information 
to assist 
enslaved Africans to freedom on the Underground Railroad.


The book contains vast resources for you
to document your community, an event or
your family history. Document the on-going journey of your area.

Research, document and tell your own story
don't complain about what someone else has done.


Thank you for coming out!
at Medu Bookstore

Greenbriar Mall Atlanta, GA

(Visit our Blog for notes for discussion)

Book Signing For the "Keeper of the Fire" & 
Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure

I gave out Family History Free Handouts 


Thank you for coming to raise 

money for their
Sam & Edith Johnson Scholarship Fund.

The "African Diaspora Experience"

The  Black History Breakfast went great!

Sam & Edith Johnson's daughters with Mrs. Teresa Kemp, (event keynote speaker) hold their mother's quilt at the African Diaspora Experience Scholarship Fundraiser & Exhibit on Feb. 7th, 2015 at the Hillside Presbyterian Church. The fundraiser went great and I enjoyed the hospitality of the Decatur, GA community.

At Hillside Presbyterian Church

           Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure co-authors Teresa R.Kemp & Jamel Thomas-Joyce   

Dont forget to contact us with 

your comments or questions.


I will be skyping with an 8th grade Ohio class this week!
They have been sewing an
UGRR Secret Quilt Code Textile.

I can't wait to see it!

Call about your class joining us today!


Bernice Bennett Host of Research at the National Archives & Beyond

Thanks to Bernice Bennet radio 
host & 
all of you who tuned in 
to the 
Research at the National Archives & Beyond Radio 
interivew and the 800+ listeners 
who followed along on 

If you missed it CLICK HERE


To everyone who

Tuned in! 


I appreciated your questions

& comments.


To Kick off the Year with

Genealogy Talk Radio


I discussed the PROCESS of DOCUMENTING



How We Documented Our 

Oral African Family History


 that resulted in a 5 generation work: 


Visit our Blog:

for the documents, photos & sources 

given on the radio programs

Indigo study Scriptutes from the Bible



Thank you to all who came to the 

"African Diasporan Experience"

Hillside Presbyterian Church

Scholarship Fundraiser * Exhibit * Book Signing

Black History Breakfast

I learned a lot about inventions.




The Columbus Urban League & 

the 1,000th graduate was presented with a
copy of the new 

"Keeper of the Fire:
An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka"

Get Our New Book Today!

Black & White Version is out 

Click on the gift below to get discounted
rate of either version!

Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp

Authors Page

Forewords by

Serena M. Strother Wilson Dr. Johnston A. K. Njoku

Keeper of the Fire Author Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp, Forewords by Mrs. Serena M. Strother & Dr. Johnston A. K. Njoku Illustrated by Jamel K. Thomas-Joyce 

(Click book or links below for  more info or to order)

Full Color Copy (480) Cost:  $89.95 

Black & White (480 pages):  $29.9

Jamel K. Thomas Joyce is the Illustrator of 
our book
"Keeper of the Fire:
An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka"

& Co-Author of
Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure"

Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure co-authors Teresa R.Kemp & Jamel Thomas-Joyce is now available click the photo to order your copy today!

He was 9 yr. old at the time
(Below) Jamel K. Joyce's Louise Nevel's 

Box Sculpture was in the 

All-District Art Show at Bexley, OH
Cassinham High School Complex

Opening Reception was in the Art Wing

Jamel K. Thomas Joyce Illustrator of new book Keeper of the Fire: An Igbo Metalsmith from Awka had his (white) Louise Nevel Box Sculpture was selected to be in the All District Art Show that opened at the Bexley Ohio Cassingham Complex Art Wing. The show runs 10/7/2014 to 11/07/2014.


Spring into your new year and join Ms. Kemp in
in Atlanta GA locations


Watch Social Media
for the dates of the exhibitions


Mrs Teresa Kemp was a guest on
the Gist of Freedom's Radio Program

"The Black History Internet Radio show, 

The Gist of Freedom is Still Faith.
Research Links discussed can be seen
at our Blog:

    They include:

Freedman's Bureau, Library of Congress, 

Slave Name Data Base, Slave ship Voyages DataBase and many more primary sources used in our Research. Last night we were blessed with having the most dynamic Underground Railroad historian on our show!
Mrs. Teresa Kemp brilliantly weaves the Underground Railroad experience to African traditions. Please take a listen for yourself, and I'm sure you will agree.  
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Check out thier other sites some of the
most informative I have found! (BlogTalkRadio)


Karlton Jones has a new album out - Check it out!

His Strother line is Milton & Martha Strother -
John & Mary Stother -
Belva (Strother) Marlin -
Leave him a note!

Bernice A. Bennet & co-authors Harris Bailey, Jr.

Ellen L. Butler, Ethel Dailey, Vincent Sheppard

have published a book with early Edgefield, SC stories.

Click the book for more information & to buy the book.

New Book - Our Ancestors Our Stories by Bernice Bennett


Dr. Johnston A. K. & Mrs Njoku were honored
and given a title at the 1 World Arts & Cultural Festival

Dr. & Mrs. Nina Njoku received a title and were honored by  Chief Garry Enwo-Igariwey, President-General Ohaneze Ndigbo; Eze Nri Nweleána II Obidiegwu Onyeso; His Royal Highness Eze Nelson Nwosu and Dr. Nwachukwu A. Anakwenze at the 1st World Igbo Arts & Cultural Festival's Igbo Village in Staunton, VA July 26th, 2014.

for the work done on his new book that traced the Slave Routes
out of Nigeria to the Coast. "From Freedom to Freedom"


Book From Freedom to Freedom by Dr. J. A. K. Njoku Folklore Dept. Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.


 On-line "American Civil War History"

 Interview & Discussion: 


Look Back at Events:

Dec. 10th COMBA Networking Event

Dec. 11th, 2014 AAMI Awards Program 

Thanks for joining us at the
Quilt Show in Chattanooga, TN

September 9th - 17th, 

UGRR Secret Quilt Code Quilts in



Tennessee Temple Univeristy's Lee Roberson Student Center 

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Benefiting the 

Proposed International Women's Recovery Ctr.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Free Parking * Handicapped Accessible 

  • Free UGRR Arts & Crafts
  • Free Teacher handout
  • Free Family History Forms
  • Free Fabric Swatch

Thank you CGLA Charter School we had 6 groups of classes!

We Welcomed All 
American Quilt Society (AQS) Quilt Week 
Convention Attendees * Vendors * 
Sponsors * Staff
Missed it send a contribution:

A Better Way Counseling, Inc.

402 Kilmer Street * Chattanooga, TN 37404


July Dawn Exhibition went Great!

July Dawn Multi-Artist Exhibition in Atlanta, GA June 30- Aug. 1, 2014

"Quilts of the Farrow McDaniel Strother Family"

Atlanta Fulton County Pulic Library in Atlanta, GA

Village Life Story  Quilt from the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum' s African Collection


Meet me, Mrs. Teresa Kemp

to get your signed copy of

"Keeper of the Fire:
An Igbo Metalsmith from Awka"

 at the 


July 28th- 30th, 

Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp Griot - Master Quilter- Military Historian - Abolitionist Fighting Human Trafficking
Staunton, VA at the Frontier Museum's Igbo Village


Thank you to the Athens, GA 
Quilt Club for
having me with the
Keeper of the 
Fire Trunk Show!

Atlanta Fulton County Library 

November 1-30th, 

"Sacrafice & Service Miltiary History
& Programs

Free Gallery Activities for Guest

Honoring our Veterans


Serena Wilson's UGRR Sampler Quilts

Serena Strother Wilson and her last Sampler Quilts
were  on display in the 
Ephusus Liturgical Art Exhibition 

May 4,  From 4 - 7 p.m.
Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church in Columbus, OH


UGRR Secret of the Quilts Exhibit in Covina Public Library Feb. 5-8th, 2014. Mrs. Teresa Kemp speaks to a school audience on how to stop Human Trafficking & how the quilts held information and direction in each of the patterns.

We had over 700+ people view the 
"UGRR Secret of the Quilts Exhibit"

at the Covina Library in Covina, California

For the Kaiser Permanente
Atlanta Regional Doctors & Nurses

"Underground Railroad Secrets of the Quilts Exhibit"

We used our family history slavery to
"Sound the alarm" on modern day

Human Trafficking

The 2014 Kaiser Permanente Health Fair
Atlanta was great!

We learned showed many guest the benefits
of knowing your family medical geneaology found in death certificates  like this one (below)

Hosted by the KPAAPA







Title Ceremony Anambra State Nigeria Africa

     NRI  ancient kingdom in Anambra state came alive on 15th February, 2014
when His Royal  Majesty Eze Obidiegwu Onyeso celebrated the annual ‘IGU ARO’
festival. Personalities from different parts of the world graced the occasion
in an event that can easily pass as the best ‘IGU ARO’ celebration of all times.
    His Royal Majesty Eze Obidiegwu Onyeso (Nri Enwelana II)
used the opportunity to honor an illustrious son of
Igbo land in the person of Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze.   
In his coronation speech Igwe Onyeso stated that Nri kingdom recognizes
the contributions of Dr. Anakwenze in giving focused
leadership and direction to the Igbo nation.
     Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze received the title of ‘’IFE  NDIGBO’’
as a beacon of light for NDIGBO  which is reflected in his
membership of the  board of trustee of Igbo village in the
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, USA.

He is the first and only black member of the Board of  Trustee
in the frontier culture museum of Virginia.
     In another recent development, Ohanaeze  Ndigbo appointed  
Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze as the
Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndiigbo  Diaspora Committee
(Leader of Ndiigbo in Diaspora).
Other chieftaincy recipients during the “IGU ARO” festival are:
1  Dr. Innocent Chukwuma (OFR) Chairman of  Innoson Group of
companies ltd. As (okpuzo-ndigbo). 
2. Dr. Ramas Asuzu. (Odenigbo ndigbo)
3. Chief kindness Ogom Ezeanyaeche (Anyanwu-ututu ndigbo)
4 Chief Emma Okocha (Onyeamuma ndigbo)
5 Chief Joe Martin Uzodike (Akanemeze ndigbo).
6 Chief Ifeoma Nwawulu) Adaejiejemba.
7  Ignatus Nnubia (Anya Ndigbo
  Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze is the Chairman of Igbo World Assembly(IWA),
as well as the Chairman  of Anambra State Associations World Wide
(ASA-World).  He had previously received the following titles;
Okaa  omee  na Abagana, Omeligbo na Agulueri and 
 Ike Ndi Igbo na Idu Eri Kingdom.
Godwin Ofole Igbo World Assembly/ ASA World Representative in Nigeria.




We assisted her by participating in her survey
about a 
museum's role with diverse economic 
and/or homeless populations.

She has only started to scratch the surface on what
can/will be done to further the museum work with 
economically diverse audiences.

 Her intent was to showcase multiple access points
of engagement so that museums might find a model 
or idea that could fit for their institution. 


Congrats to Emma Baumgardner !

Emma Baumgardner winner of Eddysville Iowa History Competition highlighting the UGRR Quilt Code use in slave escapes. She competed in the states jr Div of Iowa History Competion. We gave her unpublished documents and photos to enhance her report.

Iowa 6th grader who won her Eddiesville, Iowa
Elementary School & City History Fairs

We give copies of documents &
photos your student can make A's.


Click on the pix below for Photo Album of the

4th Annual Cornbread Jubilee - Celebration of Bread

Sonya Hodges & Mrs. Teresa Kemp show a textile made with corn fibers at the 4th Annual Cornbread Jubilee - Celebration of Breads in Columbia SC Feb 15th, 2014


The 2020 Strother Family 

Bi-Annual Conference

Watch for Julyy 2020 information!

Visit for more information.

This site recognizes the early migration of Strother family
members to the southeast states of North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

The Atlanta History Center is the depository for
the Henry and Arthur Pryor Strother
ledgers and book collections.


"RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigiera" 

Re-emerging Jews of Niger a documentary film by Jeff Liberman

Click Here for Full Details of each Screening 

Director Jeff Lieberman contact:


Kenucky UGRR Station 

I ran into a man in Columbus, OH
on a research field trip.
He promised he would send me photos of his
daugter's building used on the UGRR in Kentucky!

KY Brawner/Pfeiffer Home  UGRR Site Plaque


Visit & Like Howard Wilson Memorial
Photo Album on Facebook 

UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum

 Thank You for your Prayers & Condolences

It is with Great Sadness & Joy We Honor Them


Click link below for

 Freedom Sounds Newsletter 


Over 100 Joined Us in Columbus, Ohio for

"Memories Pieced Together Exhibit"
Honoring the Quilting Legacy of

 Mrs. Serena Strother Wilson &

her quilting buddies & Quilters for Christ

The Parish House Quilters &

Member Quilter for Christ her quilts were exhibited at the Memories Pieced Together Exhibit   

Mrs. Mary Stewart, Master Quilter  

Mildred H. Washington, Master Quilter, President of Quilters for Christ in Columbus Ohio

Mrs. Teresa Kemp &

Barbra Spull of the M.L. King Arts Complex 

spoke to a group of members of the 
Broad Street Preysbeterian Church
in Columbus, 

Serena wilson & her UGRR Secret Quilt Code Sampler Quilt that she used to teach how her ancestor Peter & Eliza Farrow successfully did slave escapes.

Visit this website for events

 Teresa Kemp shared her family's legacy & 
was given a new name

Naming Ceremony at World Igbo Assembly Conference at the Frontier Museum in Staunton, VA March 2o14

Osinachi means ("God has returned a gift")

at the Frontier Museum in Staunton, VA  USA


Allied Families 

Please send me your photos 
to insert in the 2019 Family Newsletter 

This is my

"Every Day is a Holiday-Finding 
Quilted Gifts" 
(I know you will want 
to keep it for yourself)

Visit OBA Quilts is a great find for 
One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Visit OBA Quilts is a great find for one of a kind Holiday Gifts

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Milestones in our Lives
 Celebrate the Lives & Homegoing of:

 My first cousin Dr. Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell 

Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell born in Edgefield, SC August 12, 1922 to Feb. 28th, 2014. Daughter of John & Mary Emma Strother DeVore.

Click on links below to access stories on

Ophelia's life & achievements:
Dianna Carrol, Cicely Tyson & many more
got their start at her NY School.


 She will be missed!


 Dr. Hazo Carther and his wife Judge Charter on right

The late Dr. Hazo W. Charter and his wife Judge Carter on right, Dr. Howard Wilson former WVSU Alumni Association President with wife Serena Strother Wilson at his side addressing conference at WVSU. They will all be missed!

The late Dr. Howard & wife Serena Strother Wilson, 

Also Dr. Samuel Washington,  Archie Dent,Lt. Col. Sam Washington Jr. (Retired)

Freddie Strother, Clarence DeVore, Nina Robinson, Archie Dent

Donald Young Sr., Acie McGee, Leroy Eley, 
Al Thomas, Ruth Kemp Phillips


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