Investigations

Face Jug

The Case:

Our Pennsylvania contributor has a startling piece of art – a ceramic jug with eyes, nose, ears and teeth bared in a grimace.

In 1950 her grandfather, a plumber, was digging up land for a school in Germantown, PA, and found this peculiar piece of pottery.

Our contributor suspects African Americans made this face jug during the Civil War era and wonders if it came to Philadelphia on the Underground Railroad.

History Detectives researches the site where the plumber first found this pottery, to see if there could be an Underground Railroad connection, visits the Philadelphia Museum of Art and heads to South Carolina to try to find out the who, what, when and where of this curious jug.


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Aired:
Season 8, Episode 8

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Gwen Wright Location:
New York and Chicago

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