Lucreaty Clark, White Oak Basket Maker

Lucreaty Clark peeling strips of white oak to make baskets

Lucreaty Clark was born in 1904 in Lamont, Florida. She learned to make white oak baskets from her parents, who made them for use on the North Florida plantation where they lived and worked.

Oak splint baskets were primarily used on plantations in north and north-central Florida, an area where white oak trees are naturally found.

Clark described white oak basketry in great detail in several interviews conducted by folklorist Peggy Bulger for the Florida Folklife Program in 1979 and 1980. She also discussed her life, talking about games she played as a child, food she ate growing up, her family, and her religious beliefs.