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4/20/2016 General
Official South Carolina Hall of Fame Trustees Announce Inductees for 2016

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Official South Carolina Hall of Fame Trustees Announce Inductees for 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The official South Carolina Hall of Fame board of trustees have announced the 2016 inductees, one contemporary and one deceased. Joseph P. Riley, Jr., former mayor of Charleston who served an unprecedented ten terms beginning in December 1975, was selected by the board. The late David Drake, also known as “Dave the Potter,” an enslaved African American potter from the Edgefield District, is also being recognized for his accomplishments. An induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 27, at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center in Charleston, SC. Registration is required to attend and information can be obtained by emailing

The Official S.C. Hall of Fame is located in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where attendees are able to learn more about all past inductees.

Below is some information on the 2016 inductees:

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was first elected mayor of Charleston in December 1975, and went on to serve an unprecedented ten terms. During Riley's forty-year tenure as mayor, the City of Charleston saw a substantial decrease in crime, a revitalization of the historic downtown business district, the creation and growth of Spoleto Festival U.S. A., an expansion of the city's park system, and the development of nationally-acclaimed affordable housing. An important part of Riley's legacy will be his leadership prior to and during the aftermath of the Emanuel Nine shooting; Mayor Riley spent his entire public service career building bridges among diverse sectors of the community, which many consider important groundwork that aided the city's response to the tragedy. At the end of his final term as Mayor in January of 2016, he joined the faculty of The Citadel as the first occupant of an endowed Professorship of American Government & Public Policy created in his honor with the mission of documenting, and teaching, lessons of principled, bipartisan, and effective leadership in pursuit of excellence for the public good.

David Potter, also known as “Dave the Potter) (c. 1801 – c. 1870s) was an enslaved African American potter from the Edgefield District who signed many of his utilitarian jugs and jars “Dave.” He produced over 100 alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs from the 1820s to the 1860s. He is now recognized not only for the creation of magnificent stoneware objects but for his literacy…inscribing poetry on some of his pots. His pieces are on display in some of the finest national museums, including the Smithsonian Institution’s on-line exhibition, Treasures of American History.

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About the South Carolina Hall of Fame
The South Carolina Hall of Fame—dedicated Feb. 11, 1973, by Gov. John C. West—was created to recognize and honor those contemporary and past citizens who have made outstanding contributions to South Carolina’s heritage and progress. On Sept. 21, 2001, Gov. Jim Hodges signed into law a bill designating the South Carolina Hall of Fame as the state’s official Hall of Fame.