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Writing box with Wedgwood abolitionist medallion: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2010-01-19

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The leading manufacturer of ceramics in Staffordshire, Josiah Wedgwood was also a founding member of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in England. In 1787 he directed his chief modeler, William Hackwood, to create a medallion depicting a kneeling African slave in chains. Adopted as the seal of the Society, the medallions were distributed free of charge to supporters of the abolitionist movement in Europe and America.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 25, 2010