Keeper of the Fire:

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TERESA R. KEMP - 5th Generation Quilter, Military Historian, Owner, Plantation Quilts
Born in Baumholder, West Germany to late Dr. Howard & Serena (Strother) Wilson. She graduated from Berlin American High School & attended OSU in Columbus, OH. She transferred to WVSU and graduated with a BA degree. Kemp also received a BS degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry Univ. in Atlanta, GA . A Computer Programmer Analyst, she worked for GA Pacific in Shared Accounting Taxes/Controllers, writing financial software & performing enterprise Security Administration.

2005-2007, with her parents, she opened the UGRR Secret Quilt Code Museum. Ms. Kemp has successfully fought colon cancer & congestive heart failure to "Keep the Show on the Road".

The great granddaughter of a SC plantation owner, David R. Strother & Ann Jones (Native Am.) & descendant of African ancestors who were former slaves/abolitionist, she's passionate about documenting her diverse history. Her Strother family has several plantation homes in SC on Nat. Register of Historic Places. Ms. Kemp is a modern day researcher of international human slavery, she preserves and documents world cultural heritage.

Her Farrow family came as slaves & lived in coastal GA, on Dover Hall plantation. Listed in 2 wills & 4 slave valuements, they were free in 1858, a rare view into day-to-day work on plantations. The Farrows, kept their cultures with absentee owners (6 months a year) due to malaria & yellow fever epidemics. A blacksmith Peter and Eliza (seamstress/midwife) hired themselves out. They worked on neighboring plantations. He preached in brush arbors & planned escapes. Keeping their money, their owner required a % of the proceeds of their labor, on return. An Awka (itinerant metalsmith), he did the same in Nigeria, teaching of Chukwu (God), praying for the sick. He worked & brought his money back for support of the village.

Teresa continues to exhibit collections to encourage preservation. With husband Calvin Kemp, Jr., Mgr. WATC TV-57. She's a mother, grandmother & great grandmother. A servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, she was called 25 years ago to teach, "Freedom through Obedience to God's Word". Ms Kemp does rural arts & crafts as gallery activities at presentations. She fights Human Trafficking using her exhibits to teach delayed gratification & reconciliation skills. Visit

Keeper of the Fire:

An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka

Authored by Teresa R. Kemp
Illustrated by Jamel K. Thomas-Joyce
Edition: 1

If you were left with questions after reading "Hidden in Plain View" by Tobin & Dobard, this book has the answers. The 1st book done by Dr. Ozella William's family. It's a presentation of five generation's collective research.

Forewords by Serena Strother Wilson & Dr. Johnston A. K. Njoku, Western Kentucky University. In Full Color, 482 pages, "Keeper of the Fire", they share internationally gathered photos of the quilt patterns on homes, art & people.

Her European family is documented from 149 AD. This starts the documentation of Farrow-McDaniel's African history sources. They tell their own story.

Few Americans read multi-lingual sources preserved centuries by international slavers. They piece a sampler quilt for you. Using common sense as binding, primary sources gathering African metallurgy & symbols Mrs. Kemp exposes distortions/omissions using archives, libraries & databases from 33 countries with holdings on the international slave trade.

THE RESEARCH CONTINUES: Here is what they know. In 1844, Thomas Dover, willed Dover Hall Plantation estate to nephew, William D. Jenkins. Peter & Eliza Farrow, are listed among the subjugated workers.

Serena mother's, (Mary Eva) great-grandparents survived slavery & had a son in 1850's. Named Peter Farrow Jr. after his father, he continued in service to his extended family & community. He shared Igbo culture with his children & his great grandchildren. Peter died in 1946 in SC. They have 6 generations living, the oldest turned 104, Aug. of 2014 & 5 family members in the 90's.

AUNT OZELLA TRAVELED TO GERMANY: Aunt Ozella traveled to tour with her family several times. She, pointed out stolen African or purchased artifacts.

The Quilt Code was not created in 1990's, Ozella copyrighted the "Quilt Codes" in 1950, 6 years after her grandfather died. The late Mrs. Wilson & Mrs. T. Kemp re-applied & received the US Copyrights.

2" KNOTS: Mnemonic devices used in quilts. Knots in quilts are like Catholic rosary, used as points of Godly contact. For centuries history was memorized, in songs, art, rocks or fabrics. Each method of recordings are accepted worldwide.

In communicating with God, in Igbo groups, everything is used, as a way of making tangible the belief of protection over them.

ONE FAMILY'S HISTORY: The Torah, Koran & Bible are stories of Abraham's family. Israel's presence in W. Africa; taken for slavery, I guess it does qualify as just "one families" story, Mrs. Kemp was told by her mother.

"I'm baffled why some American quilting & scholarly communities were confounded by the idea of maps & messages depicted in quilts.

We're not the only group who used textile maps. My children asked questions about racism & views of people doubting history of ancient African people. You speak textile language," noted Mrs. Kemp.

Newspapers show people wanted to enslave Irish & German immigrants! "Nothing can change ignorance but education. Education doesn't change the mistakes made by not knowing history and not learning from previous bad behavior", said Mrs. Kemp. Igbo followed the Levitical Code. Everything is seen from Chukwu (God's) view. (Like "WWJD"-What Would Jesus Do)

"Age is not excuse for idleness. Everyone has a duty to perform, some pray, some have strength, tools or knowledge, others time and money. Even if you don't need help now, sooner or later you'll benefit", says, Kemp.

Teresa Kemp, 5th generation master quilter with her late parents, Dr. Howard & Serena Wilson, own one of the largest private collections. She exhibits, consults & collaborates worldwide. Teaching "freedom through obedience to God's Word", The mission-teach the "Golden Rule", delayed gratification & reconciliation skills to at risk-populations, one program at a time. Kemp still sounds the alarm, fighting modern day slavery called "Human Trafficking" with God driven intensity & zeal. Hebrews 10:39

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Publication Date:
149925945X / 9781499259452
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Education / History

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