The exhibition examines the life and work of Thomas Commeraw who was born to an enslaved family and then rose to prominence as a free Black entrepreneur who owned and operated a successful pottery in Lower Manhattan. The exhibit includes a gray salt-glazed stoneware jar fragment that is part of the Repository's collections. It  bears Commeraw's distinctive mark—a stamped and cobalt-filled swag and tassel. Learn more about this object here: and be sure to see it on display with more of Commeraw's work at The New-York Historical Society as well as much more about his life: