Friday, January 18, 2019

Dr. Raymond G. Dobard (1947-2019)

Dr. Raymond G. Dobard, quilter, historian, Howard University professor and co-author of the best selling and influential book Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, has passed. Dr. Dobard was a professor of art at Howard University for 35 years and retired in 2010.  I remember his kindness when I visited his office at the School of Fine Arts there with notes I was gathering for what would become my book, Black Threads. Later we spoke on a panel in DC for a National Parks Service event. I marveled at his beautiful quilting. We've lost an important quilting soul.

You can read more about Dr. Dobard at Legacy.com. Hear him speak about Hidden in Plain View on these C-span videosEnjoy.

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karen simpson said...

So sad to hear this

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Very sad to hear this. Thank you for documenting our history.

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Bless you for educating us about Dr Raymond Dobar. I just learned of him from an article about his book you mentioned, "Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad. I did not know he was deceased. I am heartbroken to learn that. Bless you for keeping his work alive and for updating us.