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Abolition penny token

Kneeling slave logo of Abolition movement


Abolition penny token.

The caption on the token reads AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?

The figure on this token is the image of a kneeling black slave used by anti-slavery campaigners, or Abolitionists, as their logo. The kneeling slave is asking for help from his white brothers. This image was widely used to raise support and awareness for the campaign, it appears on many items, from pamphlets through to china plates.

The enslaved Africans were not as passive in their role as this symbol suggests, their continual fight against slavery was the main contributing factor to its abolition.

Date: c. 1800s

Copyright: Copyright BCC Museum

Object ID:Bowles Coll 234

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