Am I not a man and a brother?
The medallion shows a kneeling enslaved African in chains. The slave is asking, 'Am I not a man and a brother'? Europeans who supported the slave trade treated Africans like goods to be bought and sold. The phrase 'Am I not a man and a brother?' reminded British people that Africans should be treated like human beings.
Over 200 000 pottery medallions like this were made to promote the abolition of the slave trade in the 1700s
The forced transportation and enslavement of over 11 million Africans to the plantations of the Caribbean and the Americans inspired...Read more...