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The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad.  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.Part adventure and part history, Hidden in Plain View traces the origin of the Charleston Code from Africa to the Carolinas, from the low-country island Gullah peoples to free blacks living in the cities of the North, and shows how three people from completely different backgrounds pieced together one amazing American story.With a new afterword. Illlustrations and photographs throughout, including a full-color photo insert.

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Hazel Benson
What an incredible journey! This book transported me to another world, and the characters felt like dear friends. The author's prose was poetic and immersive, making every page a delight to read. I was on the edge of my seat, eagerly following the twists and turns of the plot. The emotional depth of the story left me feeling moved and inspired. A true masterpiece!
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Alison Woolridge
This book was a gripping and unforgettable experience. The intricate plot kept me guessing, and I couldn't wait to uncover the next layer of the story. The character development was exceptional, and I felt a deep connection with each one. The themes explored resonated with me on a personal level, and I found myself contemplating them long after finishing the book.
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Georgia Macy
What an extraordinary book! The author's storytelling prowess was evident in every line. The story unfolded with a perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and heartwarming moments. The characters' growth throughout the narrative was beautifully crafted, and I couldn't help but feel emotionally invested in their struggles and triumphs. A profound, thought-provoking read that left me craving more.

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