Wilson pottery: pottery production in the context of enslavement in the South
Komes, Lindsey J.
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Pre-Civil War Southern pottery was at time produced by slaves. This is true in the case of J. M. Wilson's pottery in Seguin, Texas. By cataloguing and researching materials from a small collection of excavated pottery, the function of various vessels will become evident. In addition, inferences can be made about why slaves chose to make this pottery, even after gaining their freedom due to the Emancipation Proclamation. Materials will be catalogued and analyzed using spreadsheets, then compared and contrasted. Both the similarities and differences between the sherds can reveal important facts about pottery production by enslaved peoples in the Southern United States. Overall, this research will fill a considerable gap in knowledge of pre-Civil War pottery production.