The First Fireplace

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1998
Found metal, teapot, metal pot, metal ladle, metal fireplace tools, metal grate, and chains.
55 x 36 x 13.5 inches
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“Considering what we had to work with. Cast iron. The old utensils carry history in them. You can tell when they were used and what they were used for. what was in the pots.

“Considering what we had to work with. Cast iron. The old utensils carry history in them. You can tell when they were used and what they were used for. what was in the pots. The fireplace in the slave quarters was the place to keep them warm, cook their food, light up the room, and a place to sit and have conversations, to discuss plans, to make decisions. It was the most important place in the house.” —Joe Minter