Photograph of Leonard Todd in front of the Edgefield County Courthouse by Brook Facey.

What would you do if you found out that your ancestors were slaveholders who owned one of the most talented folk potters in South Carolina? When Leonard Todd found himself in this situation, he committed himself to a six-year journey of discovery about the Life and work of an enslaved artisan named Dave.  In this episode, I talk with Leonard about his research and his book. He shares how he collected oral histories, combed through family papers and studied pots while researching his book, Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter, Dave.

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