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Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston

Through scholarly research and public programming, the Center for the Study of Slavery (CSSC) examines the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the City of Charleston, including the surrounding region, and at the College of Charleston from the late 18th century through the civil rights era and the continued impact and legacy of slavery in the present.

CSSC builds on the work begun with the College of Charleston’s affiliation with over 40 other universities in the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium, an effort organized by the University of Virginia.The College of Charleston's membership in Universities Studying Slavery will spur our university to be more intentional in disseminating  research and in collaborations within and beyond the institution. More College of Charleston initiatives will be announced in the coming months.

To learn more about CSSC, please contact our director, Dr. Bernard Powers ( and explore the Center's Mission, Events, News, and Resources & Exhibitions.

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Finding South Carolina’s Slavery Connection to St. Lucia
Posted on 15 August 2019 | 12:37 am
This summer I was fortunate to pursue my African American and diasporic research on St. Lucia, one of the Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. It is a lush and densely vegetated island with a rugged and mountainous topography. That makes it absolutely breathtaking to view and somewhat challenging to drive through on the winding, […]
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CSSC at the Reburial
Posted on 15 August 2019 | 12:33 am
The Social Justice Committee of CSSC hosted the start of the May 9 Gullah Society procession on the C of C campus, in Barnet Courtyard. Cards were inscribed with messages that were then buried with the ancestors. C of C faculty in academic regalia joined city officials, Gullah society members, schoolchildren, and other community members […]
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