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Davis, Joseph, active 1818–1857

Medal commemorating the abolition of the apprenticeship system in the British West Indies.

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Inscription on obverse: To commemorate the abolition of negro apprenticeship in Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincents, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat & the Virgin Islands, by acts of the respective local legislatures, August 1, 1838

Inscription on reverse: Liberty, peace and industry

Birmingham, England : Joseph Davis, 1838.
Physical Description:
1 medal : white metal ; 38 mm in diameter
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Flat D 9c
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
After the Abolition of Slavery Act had been passed in 1833 a transition system was introduced whereby people formerly enslaved in the British West Indies were required to become "apprentices" laboring on plantations for their former owners (people enslaved in Antigua and Barbados were fully emancipated in 1834). By 1838, the system was abolished by all colonial assemblies.
Brown, L. Catalogue of British historical medals, 1760-1960, 1876
Eimer, C. British commemorative medals and their values, 1317
The reverse bears a design of an emancipated couple with infant, seated under a palm tree, with text: "Liberty, peace and industry." Inscribed at foot: "Davis, Birm. MDCCCXXXVIII.
Subject Terms:
Antislavery movements -- Great Britain.
Black people in art
Enslaved persons -- Emancipation -- West Indies, British.
Slavery -- West Indies, British.
Commemorative medals.
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