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About this collection

The Historic Chester County Redware Collection contains redware or earthenware pottery produced in and around Chester County, Pennsylvania, by the Vickers’ family.  As the name suggests, the pottery was unique because it was made from red clay found in the region.  The Vickers’ family produced the pottery between 1796 and 1861.  What also makes the pottery special and important for the region is its function: the pottery delivery wagons were used to smuggle slaves along the Underground Railroad. The artifact collection is held by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

 
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