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April L. Hynes
Is a professional photographer and graphic designer who owns her own business specializing in advertising and photographic journals. She is also a professional level genealogical and archival researcher with a specific interest in the African diaspora. She was introduced to the Edgefield Pottery tradition when she discovered a face jug that had been unearthed in Philadelphia by her grandfather in 1950. She has employed these skills to assist her in discovering the Wanderer Slave Ship community and their stories. Ms. Hynes is now a Research Associate of the newly founded Edgefield Stoneware Research Center at Trenton, S.C.
Mark Newell Ph.D., RPA., first began historical research on Edgefield potteries in 1970. Today he is based in Augusta, Georgia as a writer and an archaeologist. His archaeological projects include Archaeological Director of the project that found the CSS H.L.Hunley in 1994, Discoverer of the largest historical ceramics find in North America in Edgefield County, SC, 1996, major contributor to the preservation of the USS Constitution (letter of recommendation from the Secretary Of the Navy) and discoverer of the remains of the Santee Canal near Charleston, SC. He teaches field courses in Archaeology at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Georgia, and also teaches underwater archaeology in Bermuda and the US. He has a Ph.D. in archaeology from St. Andrews University, Scotland. Newell, originally a formally trained newspaper journalist in England, is also a seasoned writer, working in print, radio and television. After completing a Ph.D dissertation on slave and locally built small craft in the Southeastern US, he began a long research project on aspects of the African experience in America.