Whether you’re a new student, a long-time resident or a new Lowcountry neighbor, we’re all one family at The Avery Family Reunion! Join the Avery Research Center as we come together under this year’s theme, “Homecoming/My HBCU,” in celebration of Gullah Geechee Culture, The Avery’s History, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ commitment to community uplift through engagement and education. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Gullah Geechee culture as we shine a spotlight on local art, artisans, cuisine, music, and businesses that define our unique culture.

Proceeds support the Avery Research Center’s initiatives that preserve the legacy of the Avery Normal Institute, financially support local students, artists, and creatives, and provide educational opportunities for community members to explore local African American history and its connections across the world.

AUGUST 28, 2022 | 1 - 4 p.m.
Hosted by: KRIS KAYLIN
About THE Avery Research Center
The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture has served as a hub for the study and preservation of the Charleston, Lowcountry and South Carolina’s Black histories since 1990. As an archive, museum and library that focuses on the African diaspora, the Center offers tours, hosts creative workshops, and presents lectures by scholars, organizers and trailblazers. Their extensive archival collections support the research of students, local historians, as well as national and international scholars. Through their unique in-person, hybrid and virtual programming, the Avery Research Center engages local and international learners. Within the three-story building at 125 Bull Street, there are several exhibition spaces—including the Senator McKinley Washington Auditorium—that feature the work of local and national artists. Over the years, the Avery Research Center has developed partnerships with Charleston County School educators, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and an array of community organizations to build bridges between the College of Charleston and the surrounding communities.
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AUGUST 28, 2022 | 1 - 4 p.m. @ BURKE HIGH SCHOOL
224 President St., Charleston, SC 29403
Come join the reunion!
Guests of this year’s Avery Family Reunion will be celebrating at Charleston’s, historically Black Burke High School. Before desegregation in the 1960s, Burke High School was the oldest and largest public high school serving African American students in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1894 as the Charleston Industrial Institute, the history of the school into the mid-twentieth century reflects divisions found throughout the American South over the direction and purpose of public education for African Americans. During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, students and teachers at Burke High School emerged as leaders in local activism as Charleston confronted the end of Jim Crow segregation. This exhibition outlines the history of struggles for educational equality at Burke High School from the late nineteenth century into the mid-twentieth century. In the twenty-first century, Burke students, faculty, administrators, and parents continue to advocate for quality education, and continue to generate important discussions about the role of public education in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the United States.
Sweetgrass Clothing
Sacred Roots
Deep SC
Cola Kicks
Sweet Grass Gullah Baskets
And more!

Celebrate the talents of local makers & entrepreneurs
Local Artisans
Experience live R&B, Southern Soul, Funk, Gospel & more
Live music
Starr Musiq World
DJ Sista Misses
Kristen Jamison
Chucktown Mobile Seafood
Sweetgrass Foodz
Nothing But Chicken
Vibrant Alkaline Meals
James Brown Famous Boiled Peanuts
The Lemonade Twins
Bert and T’s Desserts
BNT Daquiris
Daddy's Girl Bakery
Fergie’s Favorites
Savor a variety of delicious cuisine
Gullah Geechee Culinary Village
Claflin University
Voorhees College
Morehouse College
SC State University
North Carolina A&T
Benedict College

Wibi Arts and Remedies
MUSC Urban Farm
Morning Glory Homestead
Fresh Future Farm
Fields Farms
Shirley Mae Estates
Black owned farmers market
Gold sponsor
College of Charleston
Black Alumni Council
2:42am Productions
T. LaVette
Design Collective
Chs county school of the arts
class of 2002
Mayor John Tecklenburg