David (LM) Drake
(c. 1801 - c. 1870)
David (L.M.) Drake was active/lived in South Carolina. David Drake is known for glazed stoneware pottery jugs.
Biography David (L.M.) Drake
David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter and Dave the Slave, (c. 1801 – c. 1870s) was an American potter who lived in Edgefield, South Carolina.
Dave produced over 100 alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs between the 1820s and the 1860s. An enslaved African American, he often signed his works "Dave". He is recognized as the first enslaved potter to inscribe his work, during a time when most slaves were illiterate, often forbidden from literacy, and anonymous. Dave inscribed his work with poetry, often using rhyming couplets, as well as his signature.
Dave is thought to have been born around 1801 on a plantation in North Carolina, owned by Harvey Drake. The first legal record of Dave is a description from June 13, 1818, the record des
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