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Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina

Monica Obniski, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, and Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art discuss the exhibit. “Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina” – on display through May 12, 2024 - is a critically acclaimed exhibition featuring nearly 60 ceramic objects created by enslaved African Americans in Edgefield, South Carolina.   This powerful exhibition demonstrates the strength and endurance of the human spirit regardless of circumstance. The exhibit showcases a remarkable display of artistic and cultural significance.  The works include monumental storage jars by the literate potter and poet Dave (later recorded as David Drake, ca. 1800-1870) and rare examples of utilitarian wares and face vessels by unrecorded makers, including a ca. 1840 water cooler jug from the High’s collection.   Dating back to decades before the Civil War, this collection offers a glimpse into the rich heritage and craftsmanship of African

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