George Wingard of the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program visited USC Salkehatchie on April 1 and discussed Dave the Slave and his pottery as a guest speaker for Dr. Sarah Miller’s History of South Carolina class. Wingard even showed the students a Dave pot that was found on the grounds of the Savannah River Site. The students were fascinated by the story and to have the opportunity to touch history.
That evening, Wingard lectured about the Atomic Energy Commission’s decision to locate in the Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale area of South Carolina . 6000 people were displaced by this decision. Nearly 100 students, staff, faculty and community members attended the presentation. Many audience members had first hand experience with the displacement.