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This site is meant as an introduction to the African and African American experience in the Charleston,SC area. We want this website to continue growing with new stories and articles submitted by Charleston-area contributors. We are especially interested in sharing stories written by people who have a personal connection to the topic (descendant or family member, subject matter expert, eyewitness to events, etc.). If you are interested in contributing, please email Perrin Lawson at [email protected] to learn more.  

For complete information about visiting the Charleston area, please call 800-774-0006 or visit ExploreCharleston.com. We suggest that you contact one or more of the institutions mentioned on this site for any research-related inquiries.

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African American Heritage

International African American Museum

Set to open in early 2022, The International African American Museum (IAAM) is a new museum of African American history and identity. It will communicate the often overlooked history of African Americans in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and share the impacts of these people upon our nation. With an aim to re-center South Carolina’s place in global history, illuminating its pivotal role in the development of the international slave trade and the Civil War, the museum will connect visitors to their ancestors, demonstrating how enslaved Africans and free blacks shaped economic, political, and cultural development in the nation and beyond.

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Local Resources

We’re grateful to these local resources for their time, talents, resources, and vision in helping us begin to tell the story of the Charleston African American experience.