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Crystal Bridges recently acquired a Twenty-Five Gallon Four-Handled Stoneware Jar thrown in 1858 by David Drake, an enslaved potter also known as Dave Drake or Dave the Potter. This jar includes a poem, etched into the surface of the jar alongside Drake’s signature, chronicling both his own place in the world as well as the beginning of life for this object. The inscription “L. m. April 12. 1858 Dave.” on the vessel indicates the precise date he threw the jar while enslaved by Lewis Miles (“L. m.”).

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August 2021

 

 

 


 

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