Medallion

LL 1918

About this object

Wedgwood produced these medallions to help the anti-slavery efforts which were growing in momentum at the end of the 18th century. They show a figure of a chained enslaved African, with the inscription 'Am I not a man and a brother?' The medallions were given away to supporters of the anti-slavery cause. Ladies would wear the medallions set into jewellery. Men could have them mounted on snuff boxes.
Wedgwood sent 400 of the medallions to Benjamin Franklin in America. Franklin responded to Wedgwood saying that he thought that they would have 'an effect equal to that of the best written Pamphlet in procuring Favour to these oppressed People.'
  • Date
    1787
  • Maker
    Wedgwood
  • Materials
    Jasperware
  • Credit line
    From the Collection of Lord Leverhulme
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 03, Case 9005
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley
  • Measurements
    2 mm x 28 mm x 31 mm
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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