Crowned is a memory jug covered with references to Jan Wade’s family members, hair and beauty standards, and Black resistance and resilience. The recurring term “good hair” has its origins in the slavery era, when white slave owners showed preference toward enslaved people with straight hair and lighter skin. These biases endure in contemporary culture—Wade herself was regarded as having the “good hair” in her family. The title of this piece alludes to the 2019 CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act, originally introduced in California to provide protection against race-based hair discrimination in workplaces and schools. Wade’s sculpture is based on early examples of memory jugs that were found on the graves of African Americans in the Southern United States and thought to be popular from the late nineteenth century until the 1950s and 1960s.