Source 2 - Abolitionist Logo

These medallions were worn by people involved in the abolitionist campaign or displayed in their homes. Sometimes they commemorated a particular event, such as the 1807 Abolition Act. This one uses the famous image of a kneeling slave with the caption, 'Am I not a man and a brother'.

It was designed in c.1787 as a seal for Josiah Wedgwood, the famous Midlands pottery manufacturer, who supported the abolitionists (and who also had a keen eye for a marketing opportunity). It was an extremely successful image which appeared on leaflets, snuff boxes and pots as well as medals. It is probably the first example of a 'logo' designed to support a political cause.

  • Why do you think abolitionist campaigners would have produced, sold and worn medals?
  • What equivalent things might we wear today in the context of a campaign?

Date: c1787-c1820
Copyright: By permission of Wilberforce House Museum, Hull