By Jacqueline L. Tobin, Raymond G. Dobard

The attention-grabbing tale of a friendship, a misplaced culture, and an enormous discovery, revealing how enslaved women and men made encoded quilts after which used them to navigate their break out at the Underground Railroad.  

"A groundbreaking work."--Emerge

In Hidden in undeniable View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and pupil Raymond Dobard provide the 1st facts that convinced duvet styles, together with a popular one referred to as the Charleston Code, have been, actually, 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 previous 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 quick as she begun, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she could examine the remaining whilst she used to be "ready."   through 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 famous African American quilter, to aid resolve the mystery.

Part experience and half background, Hidden in undeniable View lines the beginning of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to loose blacks dwelling within the towns of the North, and indicates how 3 humans from different backgrounds pieced jointly one striking American tale.

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