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Keeper of the Fire:: An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka Paperback – October 30, 2014
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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 www.PlantationQuilts.com
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