UGRR Quilt Code
For Over 40 years we traveled touring Underground Railroad Stations
& Related Sites
Attended Conferences & Workshops
held by the National Parks Service
UGRR Network to Freedom
program was began
Participated in escavations of an
UGRR Statation in
Traveled with my parents & my children
from Sullivan Island South Carolina
I went on a research & ASA World 2015
Medical mission Trip to Nigeria & Ghana Africa
to check the accuracy of our family's
UGRR Quilt Code
& my book
"Keeper of the Fire:
An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka."
Below Nana Efua Adadzewa 1st
Teresa R. Kemp
In Ghana Africa at the
Museum at the palace of the
Osei Tutu II, King of Ashanti
Asantehene ma Asanteman
in Kumasi Ghana
Talking with Ghana's Elders & historians to check the symbols and the translations.
Tour Guide Paul Amuah met me in Accra Ghana and traveled with me for a month.
to villages around Kumasi, Mankessim
I attended schools celebrations, weddings,
funerals, festivals, hospitals, church services,
met dignitaries, visited archives, markets,
weavers, craftsmen, farms, prisons, welders,
conferences, historic slave sites, community centers
THEY ARE ACCURATE!
Went on Radio Blogs where I could talk to
listeners around the world.
The listeners asked questions and wanted to
Hear about the primary sources we used to
document our African family's history
that resulted in the 5 generation work:
"Keeper of the Fire: An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka"
I showed the quilt patterns used as maps & messages with music and more to assist in formerly enslaved African & African American Freedom Seekers.
You can hear these broadcast today
Thanks for the Listening on
High Frequency Radio &
Get the Book Keeper of the Fire!
It is 480 pages of photos, documents and
primary sources for the UGRR Secret Quilt Code.
Click on book to buy a copy at a Discount!
Color Version $73.62
Black & White Version $26.96
It discusses International & American slavery,
American Revolutionary & Civil war mpact on slavery,
Anti-slavery Abolitionist, Churches & Organizations
I have often heard that the UGRR Quilt Code is based only on the interviews of my late great Aunt Ozella McDaniel Williams.
Here is what our family's legacy is based on:
Over 1,000 years of documentation and oral history,
Over 1,200 Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia,
South Carolina State Documents
Plantation Wills - 2 that name Peter & Eliza,
Wills that name slaves given to family members
Plantation inventories, that name people enslaved
3 Slave valuements naming Eliza & Peter
Estate documents, platts and maps.
Plantation cemetary records & photos
U.S. Federal and State Census documents
State Birth & Christening documents,
Military Service & Pension , State Death, State Hospital
State and Church Marriage records,
Church Histories, Records, Programs & Leaflets, Photos
Dated Newspaper articles and photos
State & College Farm and Agricultural Reports
Handwritten family testimony by
William Jefferson in photo below
His Family Bible Records
State, National & International
Archives records & Museum records
Y-DNA & MTDNA testing
30,000+ artifacts in our personal collections
3 ancestral houses on the National Register of Historic Places
UGRR Quilt Code Museum patrons - 850,000 indiviuals & families that wrote entries in our guest books
Family geneology documented by Churchof the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City Utah as a gift,
Cincinnati, OH Freedom Center Archives, WV, SC, GA, OH & Nation Archives, Libraries, Geneology Centers, LDS Family Research Center staff, On-line sources and more
2 U. S. Copyrights
10,000's of Photos,
Over 150 Igbo customs still in our American family,
Documented faith of African Tribes by British Missionaries,
Use of paid & volunteer researchers
5 African research trips & 1 to Israel by my mother
Family Research Trips from SC to Canada
Journals, Audio & Video Taped Interviews
Living in Europe 15 years, we toured homes,
museums, libraries, churches and historical sites.
When the book "Hidden in Plain View"
aired on morning talk shows... the attacks began
My younger children (when ages 10, 11, 15)
"Did they think our family
didn't quilt in Africa?"
"Do they really believe there weren't
many Igbo people
kidnapped, sold to America?"
"Do they believe the African people came
without their own languages or skills?"
"Why are people so angry about the
UGRR Secret Quilt Code?"
I told them, "It was a lack of a broad education."
American Education omitts
worldwide achievements in order to
instill a sense of national pride."
"They obviously only learned American history and at the time it lacked most of the accomplishments of
other cultures riches & skills."
-- Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp
"Until the lioness tells her story the tale
of the hunt goes to the lion & the hunter"
Serena on her final African research trip
Serena Wilson made five (5) research trips to
Africa and one to Israel.
In Ghana, West Africa At Elmina slave fortress
and with African teachers discussing
textile languages shown below
We traveled throughout the United States.
Accompanied by family and friends.
Her family also traveled throughout Europe.
Family Trip to UGRR Stations and Cities
Then in a Atlanta, GA community public school,
my youngest son was being taught in 3rd grade,
he was the descendant of African slaves and
should not have high life expectation!
He had the "3 strikes" - Black, male and poor!
I was out raged and so was my family.
When we asked for a meeting
with the school
administrator & the teacher .....
She said it was a technique
she used to motivate her students!
Finally in 2012 we did our DNA
With the unexpected controversay that
surrounded the book
"Hidden In Plain View " by the authors
Jacquelin Tobin & Raymond Dobard
my family was facing a challenge that no
other family has experience.
In another situation:
I was openly communicating with people
on-line and by phone to personally answer
questions about our family.
Thoes correspondance were being twisted
and published without
our knowledge or consent.
My parents had cancer diagnosis
and were publicly and cyberly being attacked
(a medium they didn't understand in 1990's)
My great aunt's Social Secutity information was
actually published on-line by hartcottagequilts.com!
We decided to just own and continue
telling our family story.
We have heard stories of people who do
" UGRR Quilt Code Exhibits"
that are used to vent their racial biases
Our family is multi-racial & we embrace them all.
Pictured above Cousin Lynn Booram Edgefield, SC Historian & Serena in one of the family homes
Here you will find inspiration on how our family overcame
slavery, separation, segragation,
natural disasters, depression, wars & more to still be landowners,
educated, contributing members of society always
concerned with the well being & prosperity of all!
All slavery situations were not equal.
In the case of our family,
there were several types
"up country" South Carolina
plantation owner, my maternal
great great grandfather was
a slave on a "Lowcountry" coastal GA plantation.
Below Nora Farrow McDaniel
Ozella McDaniel Williams Mother
Her husband William McDaniel was on the Breckman plantation which is now the Master's Golf Course in Augusta, GA.
Below is a link to help you get to know the European
side of my Strother Family
Documented in Europe before 200 AD
in America starting in 1650's.
Get to know our family visit Milton Strother's
Teresa's grandfather) ancestry on the
William Strother's family page.
Click on Crest above
Then select the "Did You Know" Page
on the see how we are related to
American President's including Jimmy Carter.
Below is my grandfather Milton &
(his frist) wife Martha Pixley Strother
they had 11 children. 9 were born in
the late 1800's some passed for White.
Martha Pixley's older sister's children
were all "sold away" by her slave master.
When slavery was over she
never found them again!
Family is very important to us!
We have known our family
history, been quilters for eight generations
and historians even longer.
My family history is extensively documented &
the records are now easier to find.
My old Research page had more
abolitionist and UGRR sites.
This one will have the information in updated formats.
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