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Presented By: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

The Clements Bookworm: Jason Young and Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina

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On the third Friday of the month, the Clements Library hosts a virtual Bookworm program that gathers authors, collectors, fellows and University staff for a conversation on a variety of history topics. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library Tea Time, attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to the conversation. On August 18th, the Bookworm will host U-M Professor Jason Young, curator of Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina--an exhibition that will open at UMMA on August 26th. 

Hear Me Now is a landmark exhibition of more than 60 objects representing the work of African American potters in the decades surrounding the Civil War. The exhibition features monumental storage jars by the enslaved and literate potter and poet Dave, later recorded as David Drake (about 1800–about 1870), while the inclusion of several contemporary works from leading Black artists links the past to the present. Working primarily in clay, these artists respond to the legacy of the Edgefield potters and consider the resonance of this history for audiences today.

For more information, please call The Clements Library at 734-764-2347 or visit

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