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.
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.