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    Patricia Williams Lessane, PhD
    Executive Director
    lessanepw@cofc.edu
    843.953.7234
    Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

     

    Mary Battle, PhD
    Public Historian
    battlemp@cofc.edu
    843.953.7612
    Dr. Mary Battle received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from Emory University, and her M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.  Her dissertation examines changing representations of the history of slavery within Charleston, South Carolina’s highly trafficked tourism landscape in the twenty-first century.  Her research interests include: public history, digital humanities, oral history, American Studies, Atlantic World history, history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

     

    Curtis Franks
    Curator, Coordinator of Public Programs, Facilities Manager
    franksc@cofc.edu
    843.953.7610

     

    Savannah Frierson
    Administrative Assistant
    friersons@cofc.edu
    843.953.7230
    In 2005, Ms. Frierson earned an AB from Harvard College in African and African American Studies and English.

     

    Shelia E. Harrell-Roye
    Education Outreach Coordinator
    seharrel@cofc.edu
    843.953.7613

     

    Georgette Mayo
    Processing Archivist
    843.953.7627
    Ms. Mayo received her BA in African American Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) and master’s degrees in Library Science and Public History, with a concentration in Archival Management from the University of South Carolina. Her research interest is African American Women’s history.

     

    Aaron P. Spelbring
    Manager of Archival Services
    spelbringap@cofc.edu
    843.953.7615

     

    Deborah Wright
    Associate Director
    Coordinator: Avery Messenger Newsletter and Avery Research Center website
    wrightd@cofc.edu
    843.953.3393

     

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