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Hidden in plain view : the secret story of quilts and the underground railroad / Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard.


In Hidden in Plain View, historian Jacqueline Tobin and scholar Raymond Dobard offer the first proof that certain quilt patterns, including a prominent one called the Charleston Code, were, in fact, essential tools for escape along the Underground Railroad. In 1993, historian Jacqueline Tobin met African American quilter Ozella Williams amid piles of beautiful handmade quilts in the Old Market Building of Charleston, South Carolina. With the admonition to "write this down," Williams began to describe how slaves made coded quilts and used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad. But just as quickly as she started, Williams stopped, informing Tobin that she would learn the rest when she was "ready." During the three years it took for Williams's narrative to unfold—and as the friendship and trust between the two women grew—Tobin enlisted Raymond Dobard, Ph.D., an art history professor and well-known African American quilter, to help unravel the mystery. -- from Amazon.

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  • ISBN: 0385491379
  • Physical Description: x, 208 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1999.
Subject: Underground railroad
Fugitive slaves > United States > Communication > History > 19th century.
African American quilts > Social aspects > History > 19th century.
Ciphers > History > 19th century.

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  • 5 of 5 copies available at Consortium of Ohio Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Selover Library.


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