Live Zoom Lecture: Life & Legacy of Thomas W. Commeraw with Brandt Zipp
Through an illuminating tour of period documents and numerous examples of pottery, this live Zoom presentation will tell the story of one of the most important early African-American craftsmen, Thomas W. Commeraw–an abolitionist, activist and, ultimately, hopeful founder of a new African republic–and the shocking rediscovery of his identity. This lecture is in celebration of the museum’s exhibition, Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw.
Brandt Zipp is the author of Commeraw’s Stoneware: The Life and Work of the First African-American Pottery Owner, the culmination of nearly two decades of researching Thomas W. Commeraw. It was Brandt’s own serendipitous discovery of Commeraw’s heritage in 2003 that brought this story to the modern world. Brandt is a founding partner of Crocker Farm, Inc., a research-focused auction house specializing in historic American utilitarian ceramics.
Registration for this Zoom lecture is free, with a suggested donation of $10. Please register here.