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Part 3: Old Slave Mart and Charleston’s Historic Memory by Mateo Mérida

The end of the Wragg years saw a lot of mystery surrounding the future of the Old Slave Mart Museum. As the Wragg sisters struggled to create enough revenue to keep the museum open, the odds of the museum permanently closing its doors were exceedingly high. Fortunately, the City of Charleston, particularly then mayor Joe …

Join us for Avery’s Black History Month Open House on Tues. Feb 7th at 4:30 pm

Join the Avery Research Center for a unique learning experience in honor of Black History Month! During this event visitors are invited to: Then stay for the The Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture presents Tara A. Bynum and Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America at 7 pm

Avery Research Center Awarded $2 Million Grant From Mellon Foundation

The Mellon Foundation has awarded the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture a $2 million grant to support the collection and preservation of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s social and cultural history.

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Part 2: Old Slave Mart and Charleston’s Historic Memory by Mateo Mérida

After the Civil War, Charleston would seek to rebuild from the damages of the Civil War, and find ways to adapt to an economy that was not predicated on the labor of enslaved people. The federal government would consider—and sometimes implement—policies that sought to uplift the people who were once enslaved as full citizens of …

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