Slave Potter’s Presence Emerges in Fragments (The New York Times)


[[{“type”:“media”,“view_mode”:“media_large”,“fid”:null,“attributes”:{“class”:“media-image alignright size-full wp-image-1606”,“typeof”:“foaf:Image”,“style”:“”,“width”:“100”,“height”:“100”,“title”:“”,“alt”:“New York Times”}}]]The New York Times reports that newly discovered vessels made by David Drake, an enslaved potter living in South Carolina in the mid-1800s, keep turning up. On Sunday, September 9, one such vessel, an 1858 stoneware churn, will go on the auction block in West Columbia, S.C.

The article notes that Dartmouth’s Michael Chaney, associate professor of English, is editing a book about Drake, who signed his pots “Dave” and added lines about the jars themselves or his longing to see his family. The book in progress is titled “Poet, Potter, Slave, Myth: Collected Essays on David Drake.”

Read the full story published 8/30/12 in The New York Times.

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