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.
- Dave the Potter
The Edgefield region of South Carolina was known for making stoneware pottery. David Drake, or Dave the Potter, was a slave in the region who wrote poems on some of his works, despite it being illegal to teach slaves to read and write.
- Edgefield Pottery
- A Stoneware Jar
- Dave-A Literate Slave
- Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter, Dave
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