Commeraw's Stoneware

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Description

Discover the lost story of New York City Potter Thomas W. Commeraw, an African-American figure whose identity slipped through the fingers of history. This comprehensive hardcover book related to the exhibition Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw, on view January 27 - May 28, 2023.

Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw is the first exhibition to bring overdue attention to a skilled craftsman whose racial identity was long overlooked. Born enslaved, Commeraw rose to prominence as a free Black entrepreneur, owning and operating a successful pottery. Over a period of two decades, Commeraw amassed property, engaged in debates over state and national politics, and participated in the life of New York City’s free Black community. The exhibition explores Commeraw’s multi-faceted history—as a craftsman, business owner, family man, and citizen.

  • 311 pages
  • 589 images
  • 11.25" x 9" x 1.25"
  • By A. Brandt Zipp
Item Number: 22130