Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Established to collect, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Museum Tours: M-F at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. Reading Room: M-F 10:00am - 12:00 noon, 1:30pm - 5:00pm Closed for Lunch: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm *NOTE: Saturday Tours and Reading Room hours are by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

TODAY IS THE DAY! Make sure to apply TONIGHT by 11:59 PM. For more information, visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/. College of Charleston Benedict College Voorhees College Claflin University

Sending our deepest condolences to the family of Avery Institute Graduate (c/o 51) Mrs. Nola Wright Taylor. Mrs. Taylor taught for 30 years in the Hartford Public Schools and retired in 1994 as special education department head at Weaver High School. She was a lifetime member of the NAACP, a member of the Palmetto Club of Hartford, and was twice elected Basileus of a Connecticut chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. In 1998 she returned to Charleston to care for her mother. As a member of Ebenezer AME Church she led the Girl Scouts and Vacation Bible School. She also served on the board of Avery Institute at the College of Charleston. She will forever be missed and her legacy will continue for years to come.

Join us this Friday at 5:30 pm in greeting our last Executive Director candidate Dr. Tamara Butler!

Today’s Election Day. Make sure you’re prepared to vote by bringing the proper ID, and researching all of the candidates.
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All applications and proposals due THIS FRIDAY! For more details, visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/. College of Charleston Morris College Benedict College Voorhees College Claflin University SC State University

Join us today in greeting our second Executive Director candidate Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join us this upcoming Monday in greeting our Second Executive Director Candidate Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd. Community Meet and Greet starts at 5:30 pm and we look forward to seeing you there!

Join us this upcoming Saturday, for a discussion led by artist Katrina Andry and Avery's own Daron- Lee Calhoun II, Race and Social Justice Initiative Coordinator, on the topic of gentrification in Charleston.
This event will be utilizing the State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000- 2015, a report commissioned by the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Andry and Calhoun will explore the factors that have created the current-day scenario in Charleston.

We hope to see you at this very important community event!

November is just around the corner! To apply, visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

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Avery Research Center Newsletter

We've been busy! Check out our Fall Newsletter with some very special announcements! https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Avery-Research-Center-Newsletter.html?soid=1127726515589&aid=kR_YAAm4Rlg

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The deadline to apply will be here before you know it! Visit our website for more information: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

Did you know that the James E Campbell Student Leadership Award is also available to all students attending a SC HBCU?
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Today The Avery was delighted to speak with students at Morris College on the Fourth stop of their statewide HBCU tour! Swipe left to see more along with our upcoming stops! @ Charleston, South Carolina

We love connecting with the students at the College of Charleston! Thank you @cofcbonner for inviting us to come speak with your group about Charleston Gullah Geeche Culture in preparation for your site visit to St. Helena Island!
We hope you enjoy your trip and learn even more during this exciting extended weekend. @ Charleston, South Carolina

Submit your proposal before time runs out! Visit our website for more info: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/ Morris College College of Charleston Benedict College Claflin University SC State University Voorhees College Allen University Alumni

Join us in welcoming the first candidate for the Executive Director at The Avery Research Center Dr. Cheryl Gooch. Learn more about the candidate tomorrow evening from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Avery Research Center Auditorium.

Tuesday’s are for deliveries! Thankful for our wonderful volunteers who made this delivery day smooth, efficient, and most importantly fast!
Stay connected for more volunteer opportunities with us!

Applications open today at noon! To apply, visit our website:https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

Allen University Alumni Voorhees College Morris College College of Charleston Benedict College Claflin University SC State University

Applications open tomorrow at noon! For more information, visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/. Morris College Benedict College Voorhees College Allen University Alumni Claflin University SC State University College of Charleston

Applications open Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at noon. For more information, visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/reso…/student-and-faculty-development/.

The Avery is proud that our interns and Graduate Assistants have been doing amazing work here and in the community. Check our this enlightening article covered by @bbc which highlights Avery GA Olivia Williams work at McLeod Plantation centering the experiences of those enslaved on their tours. Keep up the amazing work Olivia!
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Click the link to read the full article
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Applications open Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at noon. For more information, visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

Come on out to our session about Avery tomorrow, Thursday October 3rd at 10am at the #asalh2019 ASALH Annual Conference

Applications open Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at noon. Click here for more info: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

All students at Morris College , College of Charleston , Benedict College, Claflin University, SC State University, Voorhees College, and Allen University are eligible to apply!

Seeking funds to change the world? Do you attend College of Charleston, Morris College, Benedict College, Allen University, Voorhees College, Claflin University, or SC State University? Applications open Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at noon! Visit our website to find out more: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 James E. Campbell Student Leadership Award (SLA). The SLA is a $6,000.00 travel and research stipend divided amongst ten undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for social activism. Students at Claflin University, Morris College, SC State University, Benedict College, Allen University, and Voorhees College are encouraged to apply!

Applications open on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at noon. For more information, please visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

The Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 James E. Campbell Student Leadership Award (SLA). The SLA is a $6,000.00 travel and research stipend divided amongst ten undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for social activism. Students at Claflin University, Morris College, SC State University, Benedict College, Allen University, and Voorhees College are encouraged to apply!

Applications open on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at noon. For more information, please visit our website: https://rsji.cofc.edu/resources/student-and-faculty-development/.

It’s conference season! We are truly excited for all of the African American conferences hosted in Charleston this fall, starting with ASALH. You too can take part in this conference as there are a plethora of events that are free and open to the public. View the photos below to check out some of the amazing programming coming up soon.

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Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

The Avery Research Center and RSJI is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival. The festival will take place at Memminger Auditorium on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The 2019 Black Ink keynote speaker is Nikki Giovanni. Please come out and support local and regional Black authors! The event is free and open to the public! Click on the link below for more details or visit the Avery Research Center website here: https://avery.cofc.edu/2019-black-ink-a-charleston-african-american-book-festival-saturday-october-5-2019-memminger-auditorium-charleston-sc/.

charlestonlibraryfriends.org Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11 am - 5 pm The Charleston African-American Book Festival is the first and only annual celebration of African-American literature in the Charleston area. Now in its fourth year, Black Ink serves as a platform to suppo...

This Sunday, we were excited to host a free showing of Toni Morrisons documentary: The Pieces I Am at the Terrace Theater. Thank you to each and every one of you that came out to watch this astounding documentary about the iconic author Toni Morrison. We hope to see you all at our next event!

Happy #RobertaWilliamsDay! Today the city of Charleston acknowledges Ms. Roberta Williams for her dynamic basketball career! Ms. Williams was the first woman to receive a full 4 year basketball scholarship to SCState. During her career, Ms. Williams scored over 3,000 points. and lead the lady bulldogs to the AIAW Championship in 1979. Along with such momentous influence, Ms. Williams is the ONLY athlete at South Carolina state to have her jersey retired, male or female. Ms. Williams played professionally in the WBL for the San Francisco Pioneers and the Atlanta Comets. She’s been inducted into 4 basketball Hall of Fames. Most recently Ms. Williams has been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame as a Trailblazer of the game.

We look forward to seeing you all at this amazing event celebrating such an amazing woman!

Save the date, Saturday, September 21st. The Avery Research Center staff will be participating in the Liberty Hill Community Wide Reunion. We will have Avery publications and the archivists will be conducting a workshop on preserving family records. We hope to see you there!!

We hope that everyone stayed safe during Hurricane Dorian and are truly excited to get back in the building!
Celebrate with The Avery and The Charleston Community this Wednesday for Ms. Roberta Williams Day of Recognition.
Looking forward to seeing you all in attendance.

[09/02/19]   Due to the pending hurricane we are closed and scheduled events have been postponed. Please stay tuned for more information. We hope that you all stay safe.

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Avery Research Center Hosts Roberta Williams Day Of Recognition September 11

We are excited to celebrate the life and legacy of Ms. Roberta Williams and her impact in Charleston and abroad! Please join us for this wonderful event!

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charlestonchronicle.net Avery Research Center Hosts Roberta Williams Day Of Recognition September 11 By The Charleston Chronicle | August 20, 2019 | 0 The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will be hosting The Roberta Williams Day of Recognition Reception. Ms. Roberta Williams is a native of Dow...

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Race and Social Justice Initiative Award Renamed to Honor Civil Rights Activist

We are proud to announce that our Student Leadership Award has recently been renamed to honor local Civil Rights Activist and scholar, Mr. James E Campbell. Click the link below to read more!
https://today.cofc.edu/2019/08/28/race-and-social-justice-initiative-award-renamed-to-honor-civil-rights-activist/

today.cofc.edu The College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will rename its Student Leadership Award to honor James E. Campbell, a longtime civil rights activist, global educator, and friend of the Avery Research Center.

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Slave Auction Sites in Colonial Charleston

THURSDAY: Join CCPL's Dr. Nic Butler for an overview of the two branches of this human traffic--the sale of African captives arriving aboard trans-Atlantic ships, and the re-sale of people who already lived in the Lowcountry.

ccpl.org Main Library - The public auction of enslaved people of African descent once formed a significant part of Charleston's economy and its landscape. During the city's first century of existence, most of these outdoor sales were concentrated within a relatively narrow compass of urban sites along the ci...

This past July, Charleston County parks and recreation services along with the Avery Research Center took a group of children on a three night trip to explore South Carolina’s coast while learning more about its history and the history of black seamen. Here is a recap of our trip!

The Avery Research Center strives to constantly give honor and recognition to black community members who have constantly impacted Charleston and surrounding areas. Our first community honoree is Ms. Roberta Williams the daughter of Avery Normal Institute Graduate John Harley Williams (℅ 1949).
Roberta Williams is a 1976 graduate of Burke High School, and a 1980 graduate of South Carolina State University. She had a successful college career playing women’s basketball with the Lady Bulldogs, leading them to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Division II National Championship in 1979. She also won MVP tournament honors when she helped her team to a runner-up finish in 1978 and went on to be drafted into the Women’s Basketball League by the San Francisco Pioneers in 1980. In 1998 Ms. Williams was inducted into the South Carolina State University Hall of Fame as she was recognized as a member of the AIAW and also the MEAC Hall of Fame. In 1999 she returned to Charleston after a successful career as the all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball history at South Carolina State University having scored over 2,200 points and is the only basketball player-man or woman- to have their jersey (No. 11) retired.
On June 9, 2018 Roberta Williams was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee as a “Trailblazer of the Game” of the WBL, the first Women’s Professional Basketball League in the US. After being inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame as a Women's Basketball Trailblazer of the Game the Mayor of the City of Charleston, John Tecklenburg declared September 11th as Roberta Williams Day in the City of Charleston.
We hope to see you all on September 11th as we gather to celebrate the life and legacy of an amazing pillar in the Charleston community.

Today we had an awesome time giving back to our surrounding community at the Fresh Food Giveaway with @charlestonjewishfamilyservices ! Stay tuned for more community events to come!

The Avery Research Center is excited to announce the Beyonce event of the year!
On September 4th celebrate Bey Day by learning more about the themes, hidden messages, and cultural significance of Beyonce’s Lemonade showcased in Dr. Kameelah Martin's book, The Lemonade Reader. This black feminist led panel will highlight some of the most amazing scholars and cowriters, while giving attendees an opportunity to see the beautiful complexity of their favorite artists, art.
This event is free and open to the public.

Access to food is something we usually don’t have to think about. However, for others accessibility to fresh, affordable, and nutritious food is a challenge. Join the Avery Research Center and the Jewish Federation on Thursday from 3-6pm at our fresh food giveaway at Martin Park.

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