Dave Day in Edgefield
Dave Day, a free celebration honoring the ceramic artisan, Dave Drake, will take place in Edgefield on July 9. Dave, also known as Dave the Potter, was recently inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Though born into slavery, Dave challenged anti-literacy laws by learning to read and write. He left an indelible record of his life and times in a series of original poems inscribed on his pots. Dave Day begins at 10 a.m. on Edgefield’s historic square with live music, barbeque, and dancers performing an original work inspired by Dave. At 2 p.m., the program moves to the Edgefield Clay Studio, where the Georgia Ring Shouters and the Edgefield Mass Choir will perform. Noted speakers will tell Dave’s story, and a long-missing piece of his life will be revealed.