Charleston’s Joe Riley to join South Carolina Hall of Fame

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – The longest-serving mayor in Charleston history and a 19th Century slave whose pottery is on display in museums are the latest inductees into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

The trustees of the hall announced on Wednesday that Joe Riley, who retired earlier this year after 10 terms as Charleston mayor, and David Drake, a slave from the Edgefield area, will be inducted in ceremonies April 27 in Charleston.

Each year the Hall of Fame honors a living and a deceased South Carolinian for their contributions to the state.

Riley is largely credited with leading an urban renaissance in Charleston that has made it a worldwide tourist destination. Drake was known not only for his pottery, but for his literacy and some of his works were inscribed with poems.

The Official South Carolina Hall of Fame

2016 Induction Ceremony for Joseph P. Riley, Jr., former mayor of Charleston who served an unprecedented ten terms beginning in December 1975, and the late David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter,” an enslave African American potter from the Edgefield District.

Wednesday, April 27 (TODAY)
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

Holliday Alumni Center at The Citadel
69 Hagood Avenue, Charleston, SC

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