Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay

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In February of 2014, the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library was honored to screen the historical documentary, Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay, based on the life of enslaved Edgefield potter, David Drake. The film tells the story of a discovery made in 2006 when archaeologists from Savannah River Archaeological Research Program unearthed several shards of alkaline-glazed stoneware from a 1950s era archaeological site within the boundaries of SRS. Each fragment was painstakingly fitted together until the entire pot was reassembled, revealing a signature etched into the clay. The name spelled out in beautiful script was “Dave.” The discovery inspired Archaeologist, George Wingard to begin researching David Drake’s life, which culminated, with the assistance of filmmaker Mark Albertin, in the making of the film. Since its screening at the Augusta Public Library in 2014, Discovering Dave has been entered into film festivals all across the United States and won multiple awards. Please join us on Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of the Headquarters Library as we once again screen the film, and welcome George Wingard who will discuss David Drake’s life, the film, and the pot discovered by SRARP.

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