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About Guide

This guide will provide researchers and visitors to the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture information about our collections, on genealogy, and about local attractions relating to Blacks/African Americans. Located at 125 Bull Street, research hours are from 10 am to 12:30pm; 1:30pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Note: As of February 2018. The Avery Research Center is closed for renovation. Please visit our website ( for the most updated information about our status. 

About Us

Established in 1985, the mission of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is to evaluate, acquire, organize, preserve, and make available materials that promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. The Avery Research Center opened in 1990 and became affiliated with the College of Charleston due to efforts undertaken by alumnae of the Avery Normal Institute. The Center accessions printed material, manuscript records, and artifacts that supports its mission and has collections from the 19th century to the present, with collections documenting Civil Rights, labor movements, education, and church records.  

Upcoming Events

Avery Digital Classroom

The digital classroom features multiple activities to appeal to all, such as digital lectures, film screenings, book discussions, and interactive online trivia. Each participant will leave the Avery Digital Classroom historically stimulated as a result of its fun, educational, and interpersonal environment.



Monday, April 13, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. Documentary Screening
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. Join the Conversation!

Manager of Archival Services

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Aaisha Haykal
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29494