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Mark Shapiro

Craft Research Fund Grant


Thomas W. Commeraw: African-American Freeman Master Potter

New York City African-American master potter Thomas Commeraw made iconic American stoneware until he emigrated to Sierra Leone in 1820. Why did he leave his country of birth and city of business? How does his life illuminate both the creative contributions and narrowing horizons for free Blacks and Black craftspersons in the early Republic?

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Worthington, MA




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