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Teresa R. Kemp's
Bio &   Author's Page

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

I am the director of SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts in McCormick, SC USA. (Now Closed)

I have been working on publishing books by regional authors & students from McCormick County Schools.

I am proud to announce the first book published book, co-authored by

Jordyn E. Hiluf co-author of Jordyn's Ethiopian Journey. He is 10 years-old and a resident of Plum Branch SC USA. He attends Bethany Baptist & Cedar Spring Churches in Clark's Hill SC.

     Jordyn E. Hilluf

Jordyn E. Hilluf lives in Plum Branch, SC. He is 11-years-old and is 58h grade. He volunteered at SC Wild's Heritage Center.

Jordyn is Ethiopian American and has never been to Ethiopia, Africa. I have not visited either so we both took virtual jorney's to learn about his diverse, rich cultural heritage!

Join Us as we discover the Birthplace of Christianity.

Jordyn E. Hiluf & Teresa R. Kemp co-authors Jordyn's Ethiopian Journey, SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts,

Click on the photo of the book to order your copy today!

Call Teresa R. Kemp
to book your book signing or program

(404) 494-5465

I'm a historian, researcher,

a griot and also author of the book:

Teresa R. Kemp, Nana Efua Adadzewa 1st, Ghana, Mankessim Traditional Area, Author Keeeper of the Fire, Co-Author of Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure, Co-Author of Jordyn's Ethiopian Journey, Director SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts.Address: 201 S. Main Street/ P.O. Box 941 * McCormick SC 29835 USA ,  Phone (803) 618-2250

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

Click here to buy the color copy of the book $89.95

Click here to buy a Black & White copy of the book $29.95

Also co-author of the book

Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure

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

Click on the picture of the book to purchase your copy today!

Click here to go to Jamel K. Thomas Joyce's Auhtor's Page. 

As the owner of Plantation Quilts & Director of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) Secret Quilt Code Museum & Traveling exhibits, 

I am uniquely knowledgeable & passionate about reseamrching, documenting & exhibiting family's ORAL or doumented  history. 


Mrs. Teresa R Kemp became a Queen Mother of  Mankessim Traditional Area Central Region Ghana Africa at the Borbor Mfantse Amanse Afahye (Festival).




ASA World Medical 2015 Mission Trip

I had the priviledge of traveling to Anambra State Nigeria with 

We gave free medical examinations to 8,000 people in
7 Nigerian towns, in 7 days and
distributed over 5,700 pairs of eye glasses.

Thank you to all who made the mission 
a success.

The team of ASA World Volunteers & contiburtions
came from 27 countries to be a blessing!


 Thanks for Joining Me at Author Appearances: 

Medu Bookstore  Greenbriar Mall 

Georgia Military College Fairburn GA

Hebrew Israelite Community Center Atlanta GA

Igbo Union, Mableton GA

Macon GA 

Athens, GA Quilt Guild

 "An African Diaspora Experience"

Went Great, Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp author of Keeper of the Fire.

at Hillside Presbyterian Church 

1879 Columbia Drive Decatur, GA 30032

Book signing & Scholarship Fundraiser


Get Our New Book Today!

"Keeper of the Fire: 
An Igbo Metal Smith From Awka"

Forewords by

   Mrs. Serena M. Wilson  &  Dr. Johnston A. K. Njoku 

The late Serena Strother Wilson - Master Quilter, Historian, civil rights worker              

Illustrated by Jamel K. Thomas Joyce

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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

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Keeper of the Fire: An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka by Teresa R. Kemp (Atlanta's Quilt Lady)

 I have continued to lecturer nationally and present traveling 

exhibits with my families’ extensive collections of African and American plantation artifacts and textiles.

Formerly located in Atlanta, GA from 2005 to close in 2007, 
successfully fought cancer & 
congestive heart failure and working on 
the new facility re-opening in 2017.

"I am On The Road Again!"

Recently I was honored to be interviewed

9/22/2014 by Roy Paul

"Gist of Freedom On-Radio Program" 

if you missed it ....

Africans Facial Marks Decode
Underground Railroad Quilts 

(Click on the photo or above text link)

"African's Facial Marks Decode the UGRR Quilts"


American Civil War Story Interviews with military historian - Mrs. Teresa R. Kemp.


The American Civil War Story interviews August 20th, 2014 by Teresa R. Kemp are now available (Click drum picture)

"UGRR Quilt Code Museum in Underground Atlanta"

on GPB State of the Arts TV Show click on photo below.

One of the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Sampler Quilts in the Underground Railroad Secret Quilt Code Museum's Plantation Quilt Collection. The exhibit was located in Underground Atlanta 2005-2007.

Teresa Kemp's Bio

Ms. Kemp was born in Baumholder, Germany
to Howard L. Wilson from Bramwell, WV &
Serena M. (Strother) Wilson from Edgefield, SC.

Howard Wilson on rt. daughter Denese and wife Serena holding Teresa in Baumholder Germany,

Teresa & her sister learned to speak both German & English.

At two years old, Teresa & her family 

traveled back to America to meet 
and spend the holidays with both of  her parents

This is a tradition that continued into her children's lives.


Teresa lived in Beaufort, SC while her father 

was sent overseas to work during the Korean Conflict.

Her late father was in U. S. Army's 3rd Armored Division

was stationed in Fort Sill, OK for a year.

She attended elementary school at Ft. Lee, Virginia.


Staying with her grandparents Bramwell, WV, 
she and her sister attended the newly 

Bramwell Elementary School for second grade.
When school was out, they returned to Germany.

While her father worked in US Army's Stratigic Command Computer Center,
Teresa attended elementary 
school in Hanau, Germany.
Her family lived in Pioneer Concern.

When she returned from Germany,
she attended 6th grade at 
St. Thomas the Apostal School one year and 

then 7th grade at Indianola Jr. High School 
both in the city of Columbus, OH.

 Her family returned to Germany where she settled in at Heidelberg American High School  in Heidelberg, Germany.  

Teresa was on the SGA (Student Goverment Association),
was a cheerleader and attended German ballet and gymnastic schools.

Her mom saw to it that they attended the weekly,
Volkesfest (peoples festivals), music at the libraries, toured all the castles and museums in the surrounding cities. 

When her father would leave, to go to maneuvers
for a month, her mother lerned to drive and took the children 
to visit for Family Day, the parades and cermonial military drills.

Two years later, they moved again when 
her father was transfered to Berlin, West Germany. 

Teresa was president of her class, a cheerlearder,
on the extemporaneous speaking team, ran track and cross country 
and was very active in the community.

They would go after to school to see if
someone had tried to escape over the "Berlin Wall"
that divided East Germany from West Germany.

They would take food, water, blankets and
first aid to assist in anyway they could.

Nov. 10th, 2014 was the Anniversary of the
"Fall of the Belin Wall" 

Teresa's Senior Class photo from Berlin American High School in Berlin Germany

 After two years in Berlin, she graduated from 
Berlin American High School and at 15 years old flew to America 
to attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

She transferred to WV State College 
now a University (WVSU) in 
Institute, WV, outside Charleston, WV. 

At WVSC, she majored in Political Science and History.
She was selected to intern on the
WV Govenor's Task Force for the Flood Relief Project.
She was a cheerleader, Ms. Sullivan Hall, Ms. Winter Carnival and
Female Athlete of the Year.

While there she met and married James Womack who died two years later.  She later returned and graduated with a BA degree.

Teresa's family has had 28 members attend 
West Virginia State College.

Ten years later, following moving to Atlanta, GA getting married to Calvin Kemp, Jr. and having children, she  returning to shcool. 

She graduated from DeVry Universitin Atlanta, GA with a B.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems. 

As the great-granddaughter of an Edgefield District, SC 
 plantation owner, 
David Richardson Strother & a Native American great-grandmother Ann Jones,
Teresa preserves her families diverse legacy.

David Richardson Strother, D.R. Strother, South Carolina plantation owner, owner of Rock Hill Plantation, SC, Edgefield, SC, husband of Mary Blocker, Husband of Charlotte Nicholson, George James Strother, father of Milton Strother, father of  mulatto child, SC farmer 1850-1860 
Teresa  has over 160 family members who served in the (CSA) Confederated States of America Civil War efforts.

She is the 5th generation of quilter of 
ancestor's Rev. Peter & Eliza Farrow who 
were former slaves on the Dover Hall plantation in 
Glynn County,  GA and abolitionist.

With her husband, Mr. Calvin Kemp, Jr.
a Television Production Manager at 
Community Television WATC TV-57 
in Norcross, GA (Metro Atlanta Market). 

Teresa is a loving mother of a blended family, they have twelve grandchildren and five great-grand children.

In 2005, Teresa along with her parents opened the Ungerground Railroad Quilt Code Museum in Underground Atlanta, GA.

Being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2007,
Ms. Kemp closed the museum exhibit.

Taking chemotherapy, radiation and surgery she successfully fought cancer and then congestive heart failure.
A great team of physicians assisted and God healed her.

Mrs. Kemp with her family's support continued doing traveling exhibits and fighting human trafficking.

In 2012, she lost her mother, Mrs Serena M. Strother Wilson
and June 1, 12013, her father Dr. Howard L. Wilson. 

According to the scripture Joshua 1:1-9,
She has taken courage and is strong.

 Teresa’s maternal Strother family 

has several historic plantation homes still located in 

South Carolina on the National Register of Historic Places. 

(Below) Her mother, Serena
was one of Milton J. Strother's 17 children,
by the second wife Mary Eva.

Milton & Mary Eva Strother with 3 of their 4 children in Edgefield South Carolina in 1937.

Eleven of her mother’s siblings 
were born in the 1800’s to Milton & Martha (Pixley) Strother.

 Milton is the son of David Richardson Strother owner 

of the Rock Hill Plantation & Ann Jones,
of Native American descent, born in 1837 NC.

Rock Hill is located in Edgefield District, SC.

I have copies of land deeds, wills, photos, U. S. and SC 
State census data, birth, marriage, death and military service records 
dating back to her first immigrant ancestor William Strother,
who settled in 17th century Virginia.

Click the crest below for the William Strother Society webpage.

.My Strother Family Coat of Arms 

 National Tuskegee Airman, Inc.   Royal Archaeological Institute of  Great Britain & Ireland         Gullah Geechee National Organization

Brown Sugar Stitcher's Quilting Guild        


Faces of Rap Mothers Historian & Queen Mother Speaks Live Streams Shows
Day Star Tabernacle International Church, 
Royal Anthropological Institute of  Great Britian and Ireland (RAI),  YMCA

The Society of Georgia Archaeologist (SGA),  NAACP,
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Urban League supporter
Organization of American Historians
Historians Against Slavery, 
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 
WVSU Alumni Association, 
DeVry University Alumni Association, 
Ohio State Univers
ity Alumni Association, 
National Museum African American History & Culture 
(NMAAHC), Tuskeegee Airmen Association, Inc.,
United States Tennis Association (USTA),
Honorary Member of Brown Sugar Stitchers &
National Quilting Association (NQA), American Quilting Society (AQS)
Quilters for Christ, Parish House Quilters, Drayton Hall  Historical Society
Researcher - National Archives, Atlanta History Center

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We have provided historic presentations
for WV Goveneror's office, 
United Nations Women's Conference, 
correctional institutions, universities, 
K-12 schools, libraries, quilt guilds, 
National Park Service sites, 
book clubs & veteran's organizations. 

Diversity Staff & Patron Training, 
Programs for Mental Health Workers, 
Postal Workers, Amtrack Staff,  Federal Government staff,
senior service providers, 
At-Risk Youth Programs, English as a Second Language Classes, 
Non-Profit Agencies & Churches

are a few of the types of orgaizations 
for whom we have presented Historic Programming.

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