Way to go!

This is a 200-year old piece of anti-slavery jewelry. This brooch, or pin, is only the size of a quarter, but there is a big story about this small pin.

The Slave Brooch Story

The famous English potter Josiah Wedgwood made 400 of these brooches to raise money to help stop slavery. He sent some of the brooches to Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. Franklin sent the brooches around the US. Several ended up with the Quakers in the Jamestown / Greensboro area of North Carolina.

The anti-slavery brooch has another North Carolina connection. It is made from "Cherokee Clay" or Kaolin. Kaolin is pure white clay found in the Western part of the state. Wedgwood had 5 tons of Cherokee Clay shipped to England to use in his pottery factory.

If you look closely you can see the words "Am I not a man and a brother?"

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