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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. Benard Powers ( and explore the Center's Mission, Events, News, and Resources & Exhibitions.

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New Center for Study of Slavery to examine troubled Charleston history and current impacts
Posted on 26 February 2019 | 2:18 pm
The College of Charleston has announced it will go even further in confronting its past and examining the impacts of history by establishing the Center for the Study of Slavery. Bernard Powers will serve as the center’s first director, a part-time position he expects to hold during the start-up phase. Please read more at:
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Charleston’s landscape of memory: Putting history in perspective
Posted on 26 February 2019 | 2:17 pm
Please read this commentary piece published in the Post & Courier:
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