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Issuing authority:
British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society  Search this
British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society  Search this
Maker:
Davis, Joseph  Search this
Davis, Joseph  Search this
Physical Description:
silver (overall material)
struck 1 (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: .3 cm x 4.39 cm; 1/8 in x 1 23/32 in
medal: 4.37 cm; x 1 3/4 in
Object Name:
Medal
Place made:
United Kingdom: Grand Bretagne
Associated place:
United Kingdom: Grand Bretagne
Location where used:
United States
Date made:
1834
Associated date:
1834
Description (Brief):
One (1) anti-slavery medal
Great Britain, 1834
Obverse Image: Chained slave kneeling.
Obverse Text: AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER / A VOICE FROM GREAT BRITAIN TO AMERICA / 1834
Reverse Image: Chained slave kneeing on a rock.
Reverse Text: BRITISH & FOREIGN ANTI SLAVERY SOCIETY / AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER / DAVIS / BERM.
Description:
This silver medal cast by Joseph Davis was produced in 1834 by the British & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Sculptor, Henry Webber, initially designed the image of the kneeling enslaved person with chained, outstretched hands, for the ceramic medallions produced by Josiah Wedgwood & Co. in 1787. The accompanying text, “Am I not a man and a brother?” was added to highlight the cruel treatment of slaves and invoke accounts of abuse in the abolitionist literature. Though England abolished slavery in 1833 – a year before the silver medal’s production – slavery continued in the United States until the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865.
Credit Line:
S. A. Peerless
ID Number:
NU.74.73.59
Catalog number:
74.73.59
Accession number:
315111
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition:
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_954201