Overall: 37 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (94 x 5.7 x 5.7 cm)
End of slave trade, commemorative of Wedgewood medallion.
It is not generally recognized that Josiah Wedgwood, founder of the Wedgwood pottery company, was one of the most important financial supporters of the abolition movement. Along with the Clarkson brothers, Wilberforce, and William Pitt the Younger, Wedgwood called for England to outlaw the slave trade in one of the most important political and moral movements of all time. Hundreds of thousands of individuals signed petitions when only tens of thousands had the right to vote. As part of that movement, Wedgewood designed and sold a medallion depicting a slave breaking his chains, demonstrating that the slaves were our brothers, not our property. For over a year, cane carver Ivan Wilson tried different cane designs to show the powerful message of the medallion through the medium of a wood cane. The original medallion is part of the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
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