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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

The Avery Research Center will be closed to the public on Friday, May 15, 2015 due to CofC Graduation. Congratulations to all the graduates at CofC and elsewhere!


In observance of the 90th birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz), the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture invites the community out on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00pm–6pm to view the exhibition: MALCOLM X: 50 YEARS AND COUNTING, THE LEGACY CONTINUES. The exhibition, which opened in February 2015, […]

History Harvest

On April 11th from 10am-2pm, The Avery Research Center, in partnership with the Lowcountry Digital Library, is hosting its first History Harvest. This event allows local residents to bring in family documents, photographs, and artifacts to be scanned or photographed (limit 10 items per participant). This is a great opportunity to have digital copies of […]

Commemorating Malcolm X

Join us at the Avery Research Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015, 11:00am – 5:00pm. Commemorating Malcolm X! FILM SCREENINGS; A CONVERSATION; EXHIBITION OPENING; RECEPTION *11:00am – “Malcolm X: A Search For Identity” *12:00noon – “Malcolm X: Make It Plain” *3:00pm – A Conversation about Malcolm X with James E. Campbell and Imam Hakim Abdul-Ali. […]

2015 Historic Anniversaries

2015 HISTORIC ANNIVERSARIES:  The Avery Research Center will feature exhibits, displays and programs throughout the year commemorating upcoming historic anniversaries including the end of the Civil War (Sesquicentennial – April 9, 1865) and the official beginning of Reconstruction (Sesquicentennial – December 13, 1865); the founding of the Avery Institute (Sesquicentennial – 1865); the founding of […]