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Weaving a Story
"There are five square knots on the quilt every two inches apart. They escaped on the fifth knot on the tenth pattern and went to Ontario, Canada. The monkey wrench turns the wagon wheel toward Canada on a bear's paw trail to the crossroads...."
In the dead dark night, through deep woods and unsettled wilderness, thousands of slaves escaped their bondage and found freedom in the northern states and Canada. And though much has been written about the Underground Railroad, the covert network of cooperation that kept fleeing slaves safe and fed on their way north, little was known of the secrets coded into quilts that relayed travel instructions between those going north and those over whose land they crossed. Now, through the oral history of Ozella McDaniel Williams and the scholarship of Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond Dobard, Hidden In Plain View exposes the secrets held in the quilts of the slave families.
It's an amazing story that draws on the textile traditions of the slaves' African heritage and merges it with the American quilting art to create a complex system of communication and resistance. Hidden In Plain View is a social history of African-American traditions and an adventure story of the relentless pursuit of freedom.