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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 and subsequent congestive heart failure to "Keep the Show on the Road". The great-granddaughter of a SC plantation owner, David R. Strother and 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 percentage of the proceeds of their labor, on return. An Awka (itinerant metal smith), he did the same in Nigeria, teaching of Chukwu (God), arbitrating in caves & praying for the sick. He worked & brought his money back for support of the village. Teresa continues to exhibit extensive collections of to encourage preservation. With husband Calvin Kemp, Jr., Mgr. of Prod. 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 to preserve the culture at presentations. She fights Human Trafficking using her exhibits to teach delayed gratification & reconciliation skills. Visit www.PlantationQuilts.com
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