On View
Slavery and Freedom Gallery
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Caldwell, Manda, American
Caldwell McGill, Susan, American, 1888 - 1944
Date
1850-1950
Medium
iron
Dimensions
H x W x D: 11 3/8 × 20 1/2 × 18 1/4 in., 26 lb. (28.9 × 52.1 × 46.4 cm, 11.8 kg)
Caption
This pot belonged to and was used by Manda (Amanda) Caldwell and her daughter Susie (Susan) Caldwell McGill. Manda Caldwell was born enslaved in the York County or Cherokee County areas of South Carolina. She worked as a laundress during and after her enslavement. Iron pots such as this one were used for many utilitarian purposes - washing clothes, making lye soap and cooking large quantities of food outside.
Description
A large, round iron pot with a brown, orange and red patina. The pot rests on four short legs and has four handles.
Place collected
Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Place used
South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Tools and Equipment-Domestic
Type
cauldrons
Topic
Cooking and dining
Domestic life
Families
Labor
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Nichols Family
Object number
2013.161
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5da44a47b-c190-4da1-bb2f-76d44a9eeecd
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