Garner, Margaret – Civil War


This Margaret Garner mug is part of a collection of our Civil War and African American biographical mugs.  An image of Margaret Garner and a short biography are features of this history mug.

Small Mug, 11 oz.

Large Mug, 15 oz.

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Margaret Garner was an African-American woman who crossed the frozen Ohio River in 1856 with her four children to escape slavery.  When found by her owners, Margaret took a knife and cut the throat of her daughter rather than return her to slavery.  The U.S. Commissioner, acting under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, ruled that runaways be returned to slavery.  Margaret and her family were sold back into slavery in the South.  Margaret died of fever two years later.  In 1987, her story was adapted into a novel and in 1998 the film “Beloved.”

This Margaret Garner mug is part of our Civil War, Abolitionist and African American Series profiling outstanding men and women who have helped shape our country in important and positive ways.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.


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