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Catalog Number 2014.3.1
Object Name Plate
Description Circular, molded plate with gadrooned edge; transfer-printed in brown with an image of a kneeling enslaved African woman clutching a Bible with broken shackles at her feet and the motto "Remember Them that are in Bonds" in the center of the well.

The image is based on an the frontispiece to the pamphlet, "Scripture Evidence of the Sinfulness of Injustice and Oppression. Respectfully submitted to Professing Christians, in order to Call Forth Their Sympathy and Exertions, on behalf of the Much-Injured Africans," printed for Harvey and Darton, London, 1828.

The motto on this plate, "Remember Them that are in Bonds," is from the Biblical passage Hebrews 13:3; "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."

With the idea that pictures are sometimes worth a thousand words, anti-slavery images were an important and powerful tool used by abolitionists. In addition to prints and book illustrations, anti-slavery images also decorated textiles, jewelry and ceramics. These objects had the duel goal in raising awareness of the abolitionist movement and were also often sold as fund-raisers for abolitionist organizations.

Images of enslaved female Africans became increasingly common in the 1830s, as white women took a more active role in the abolitionist movement.

Year Range from 1830
Year Range to 1850
Material Bone China
Place of Origin Probably Made in Staffordshire, England
Collection The Reeves Center
On View Reeves Center, European Ceramics Gallery