Ceramic Face Jugs - Black History Month

  • During the Civil War, slaves created Face Jugs to mark their burial sites.  Unable to read or write, slaves did not have tombstones to mark their graves, so they created ugly face jugs to mark the grave.  Combining their African beliefs with their new found Christianity, the slaves believed the face jugs would scare the devil away and the deceased soul would go to heaven.

    Recently featured on PBS, "Antique Road Show", where an original face jug was valued at $53,000.  Face Jugs were also featured on the show, "The History Detective."  Spurred on by this interest in Face Jugs, my ceramic's class created their own Face Jugs.