Prior to the triangular slave trade, tea and sugar were very expensive commodities, primarily partaken by the wealthy class in Great Britain. After the slave trade, tea and sugar became very inexpensive and could be afforded by the masses in Great Britain. After legalized slavery ended, many freed slaves took last names that were thought to be prestigious such as the names of former U.S. Presidents. Ironically, many of the names taken were of slave owning Presidents. The oak board was part of a southern courthouse record room table used to hold record books, which held recordings of property documents, including chattel slave records.
Assemblage: oak wood, wire, tea bags, deconstructed aso-oke Ghanaian hand woven cotton fugu (smock), acrylic medium, galvanized steel hardware cloth, iron chain, steel sign H 72" x W 48" x D 3" (2017)