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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.

General hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm, and closed from 12:30pm – 1:30pm daily.


News & Notes

Charleston County Public Library Ta-Nehisi Coates Book Giveaway

In anticipation of the October 18th Ta-Nehisi Coates talk, visit any CCPL location to pick up a free copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning book, Between the World and Me. Supplies are limited and made possible in partnership with the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative with funding generously provided by Google. Also, don’t […]

Upcoming RSJI Lecture: “A Deeper Black: Race in America,” Ta-Nehisi Coates, Journalist and Author, TD Arena, October 18th, 6:30 pm

Mark Your Calendars! The Avery Research Center is pleased to announce that the Race and Social Justice Initiative funded and founded by Google will host journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates for his presentation, “A Deeper Black: Race in America” on October 18th, 2016, at 6:30 pm at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena (please note […]

Upcoming! “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” by E. Patrick Johnson, College of Charleston Emmett Robinson Theater, August 6th, 8:00 pm

Upcoming! The Avery Research Center is proud to be a co-sponsor with SC Equality and Charleston Pride of “Pouring Tea” by E. Patrick Johnson, on Saturday, August 6th, 8:00 pm, College of Charleston Emmett Robinson Theater RSVP today for “Pouring Tea” by E. Patrick Johnson: The oral history of black gay men who were born, […]

The Avery Research Center will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016 in observance of Independence Day. The Avery Research Center will reopen to the public at normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

The Avery Research Center’s Reading Room will be closed to the public on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Walk-in tours will commence at posted times.