By Jacqueline L.; Dobard, Raymond G. Tobin
The interesting tale of a friendship, a misplaced culture, and a huge discovery, revealing how enslaved women and men made encoded quilts after which used them to navigate their get away at the Underground Railroad.
"A groundbreaking work."--Emerge
In Hidden in undeniable View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and student Raymond Dobard supply the 1st evidence that convinced duvet styles, together with a popular one known as the Charleston Code, have been, in truth, crucial instruments for break out alongside the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of lovely hand-crafted quilts within the outdated industry construction of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams started to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their get away at the Underground Railroad. yet simply as speedy as she begun, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she could research the remainder whilst she was once "ready." in the course of the 3 years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold--and because the friendship and belief among the 2 ladies grew--Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an paintings historical past professor and recognized African American quilter, to assist get to the bottom of the mystery.
Part event and half heritage, Hidden in simple View lines the beginning of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to loose blacks residing within the towns of the North, and exhibits how 3 humans from different backgrounds pieced jointly one remarkable American tale.