David Drake

Dave Drake's pottery

Stoneware jar made in 1862 by David Drake. Image courtesy of the National Museum of History, Smithsonian Institution.

(about 1801- about 1870s) David Drake lived in Edgefield as a slave and, after the Civil War, as a freed man who made distinctive stoneware pottery, often engraved with short poems or couplets. He is also known as "Dave the Potter" and today these pots sell for $40,000-$50,000.

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