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Resources & Exhibitions

The Old Plantation, painting by John Rose, ca. 1785-1795, courtesy of the Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia.

"The Old Plantation," painting by John Rose, ca. 1785-1795, courtesy of the Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum. This painting depicts enslaved African Americans on a plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

CSSC is committed to supporting public history. We see public history as a means to share the work of scholars with our community on and off campus through exhibitions, public programs, and online resources. This public history work aims to share a more nuanced understanding of the past by connecting the public to historic images, documents, and art, as well as innovative studies performed by scholars who are conceptualizing new ideas about the lives of enslaved peoples in the Charleston area. Through our relationships with the College of Charleston Libraries, the Avery Center, and the International African American Museum (opening in 2020), we plan to share news about exhibitions and other resources that cover a range of issues, which is central to the mission of creating a public curriculum on the study of slavery in Charleston. 

Avery Research Center

The mission of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.  Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora. The Avery Research Center is located at 125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29424 in the historic Harleston Village.  Phone: 843.953.7609. The Avery Research Center is currently closed to the public for renovations. 






College of Charleston Library Exhibitions

An online exhibition series about the history of slavery, plantations, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade from the Atlantic World to Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Exhibitions include: 

Atlantic World Context (Published 2013)

Establishing Slavery in the Carolina Lowcountry (Published 2013)

International African American Museum

Coming in 2020 on one of the most important sites in American history, the place where more enslaved African captives arrived in the U.S. and were sold than any other location, the International African American Museum (IAAM) will present the largely under told experiences and contributions of Americans of African descent. Phone: 843.872.5352.