The Wedgwood Slave Medallion (1787) was adapted into necklaces, hat pins, box inlays, hair barrettes, and MORE. It represented the abolitionist mindset that people of color should be brothers, not enslaved.
It also, more commercially, was used to signal an in-group for both politics and design; it became a part of the pop culture of the time. This happens so often: A cause enters the main stream through an object and sacrifices some of its original intention to live in the spotlight. ⠀
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More at: https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_596365 - 1 hour ago