Art Hx: Visual and Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

A white, oval-shaped ceramic medallion with the words "AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?" carved in relief. The text curves around the icon of a Black man in chains, kneeling and holding his hands and head up in a pleading gesture. The medallion is framed in metal and attached to a thick metal chain.

Title: Antislavery Medallion

Artist/Maker: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons

Date: after 1787

Source: National Museum of American History

Copyright/Permissions: National Museum of American History CCO

References: Hunt-Kennedy, Stefanie. Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. Urbana, Chicago; Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2020.

Location(s): Staffordshire, England

 

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