A preliminary listing of all known objects relating to the Slavery trade and anti-slavery organizations. This does not include any paper, photographs, documents, slave-used items or items only depicting Blacks. This lists mostly pre-1901 items, and is not yet comprehensive.
|"AM I NOT A MAN..." ENGLISH LUSTERWARE PITCHER,
circa 1840, 5.5" d. x 7.25" h. Quite likely made by Wedgwood as it was he who created this design and was one of the founding members of the Anti-Slavery Society in England. This bulbous copper luster pitcher has a wide cream colored slipped central band with polychrome embossed flowering branches at sides and an African kneeling in chains at front, with scrolled C-shaped handle, devil's mask spout and flaring foot.
Hairline in base of handle & a repaired hole in center of base, not visible when standing, VG.
Price Realized: $1,437.50. Sold by Cowan Auction. May 2003
|NATIONAL EX-SLAVE MUTUAL RELIEF BOUNTY AND PENSION ASSOCIATION OF THE U.S.A.,
Association Badge. An excessively rare item from a largely unknown chapter of American history. This medal was worn by ex-slaves who joined this Association attempting to obtain reparations in the late 19th century. It is a two piece medal with a simple top bar below from which hangs a crescent moon and star on which are printed: "National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief Bounty & Pension Ass'n of the U.S.A." This sophisticated group is reported to have been organized by I. H. Dickerson in 1897 in Nashville, TN. Dickerson stated that the objective of the group was to unite all the ex-slaves and their friends in petitioning Congress to pass the Mason Bill, which would provide Federal assistance to ex-slaves. Callie D. House became the secretary of the association, and ultimately took it over when Dickerson died. This association chartered several groups and sponsored agents throughout the South, and held annual conventions. By the end of World War I, the movement, for the most part, had come to an end. The realization that Congress had no desire to provide pensions also settled in among the ex-slave generation. What remained were broken dreams, lost money, a few rare badges such as the one offered here, and a small amount of Federal Records that help tell the story.
(EST $2000-$3000) Price Realized: $1,495.00. Sold by Cowan Auction. May 2003
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