The pot that sat on the porch of A.S. “Boo” and Lucille Lachicotte’s Pawleys Island home seemed to have always been there, collecting sand from the ocean, water from the sky. Sometimes Mammy Lachicotte, as Lucille was known to her grandchildren, would put some ferns or greens in it, nothing special, recalled Capt. Walter Spearman, now 66, but one of those grandchildren who spent parts of his summers at the house.
“They moved it inside, but we didn’t think much of it,” Spearman recalled recently.
Thankfully for people who appreciate art and those who share a love of history, others did think about the green-tinted pot. It’s been verified to be the work of Dave the Potter, an African-American slave credited with more than 100 pots that have found themselves in private collections and museums up and down the coast and beyond.
The pot will take its place on Thursday as part of the Georgetown County Museum collection.
That 1852 jug and a 1775 bell that sat outside what once was the kitchen of a pre-Revolutionary War plantation – the main house was burned during the Civil War but the kitchen remained as a house -- are to be dedicated Thursday during a 5 p.m. program at the museum at 120 Board St., in Georgetown.
Not only will visitors have the chance to see the museum’s pot, but George Wingard, the director of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program and co-producer of a documentary which details what is known about Dave, a slave, a master potter and poet, will be on hand.
Wingard also will bring a pot attributed to Dave that was found at the Savannah River site.
“We discuss the excavation, the few actual facts we know about him, put in context of the times,” Wingard said of the film which he made with Mark Albertin of Scrapbook Video Production. The video also shows the excavation of another pot attributed to Dave, but this one was found in pieces.
The team put the jug back together and Wingard totes it around when he talks about his work at the site.
“We know that Dave could read and write,” Wingard said, noting that some of his pots have verses and some are dated. “We know he was a slave and that he was born in 1801,” he said.
He will also show the award winning documentary -- finalist in the 1992 Dixie Film Festival, Athens Georgia and Audience Favorite at the 2013 Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival at Hilton Head --- and talk at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street in Conway..
Another link between the Horry and Georgetown Museums is the bell. Walter Hill, director of the Horry museum, is also a blacksmith, and he and his son spent about a week and a half refurbishing the bell and bringing it back to the Georgetown Museum.
Jan McGinty, the museum volunteer in charge of exhibits, said she is excited about the additions. The pot had been on loan to the museum when the facility was at its former home on Prince Street. But already there were negotiations to add the jug to the museum’s permanent collection.
The paperwork was completed in October, a case was built to house the jugs, and the rest, as they say, is history.