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Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

Historic Charleston & Resort Islands

The Avery Research Center is housed in the former Avery Normal Institute, established in 1865. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Center's collection includes manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, personal papers and other documents and memorabilia. Ongoing exhibits and public programs also highlight the African American experience.