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Avery Research Center

125 Bull St, Charleston, SC 29424-2400
+1 843-953-7609
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Dedicated to preserving African-American history and culture

You probably never heard of Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture. We... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
A hidden gem, rich with history....

I have often read about the Avery Normal Institute, which has since become the Avery Research... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2016
Beverly, NJ
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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Avery Research Center is Temporarily Closing for Renovations February 1st-October 15th, 2017. The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will be closed to the public February 1st, 2017 through October 15th, 2017, to implement a major improvement project to replace the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems throughout the building. These crucial renovations will greatly enhance the building’s archival storage conditions. During this renovation phase from Feb. 1st to Oct. 15th, 2017, the Avery building will be closed and there will be NO ACCESS to the Avery Research Center’s archival collections, no new acquisitions of archival materials, and no on-site tours or public or private programs. The Avery Research Center's faculty and staff will be temporarily relocated to the College of Charleston's Addlestone Library. Please continue to contact Avery faculty and staff members via their individual College of Charleston emails throughout the renovation. We are very excited about these renovations and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support!
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125 Bull St, Charleston, SC 29424-2400
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

You probably never heard of Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture. We hadn't until an old high school classmate, a retired college professor, recommended that we plan a visit during our three-day stop in Charleston, South Carolina. As if there aren't enough historic...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I have often read about the Avery Normal Institute, which has since become the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. On our latest trip to Charleston, my husband and I visited this venerable building and had a very enlightening afternoon. Avery is...More

1  Thank Seabrookgal
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Tori gave our group a wonderful tour of the center. Extremely informative, insightful, and a must see if you visit the area. We were very impressed and highly recommend you make time to visit.

Thank gladg2
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Duane and I had a wonderful time during our tour given by Tori Shaw. She was very knowledgeable about the Center, African American history, and its implications for what is going on in the world today. This wasn't our first visit to Avery. We check...More

Thank Dawne O
Reviewed 1 June 2016

This research center was once a historical school, now a small African American research center, which has great special events and tours. The center is located on Bull Street, in a nice residential neighborhood. It is part of the College of Charleston. Check the schedule...More

Thank A M
Reviewed 16 April 2016

This is a bit off the tourist track but well worth seeking out, easily walkable from downtown area. It is a very interesting history of the Black experience In Charleston. It took about 45 minutes to visit., and it's free.

Thank MDJ334
Reviewed 13 December 2015

I am very glad to have learned about the Avery Research Center prior to my visit to Charleston. I had the good fortune to have a very well informed tour guide and spent an interesting 1.5 hours learning more about African-American history. I am so...More

Thank ldr1952
Reviewed 21 April 2015

If a friend hadn't told me about this place, I would have never known it existed. The center serves as a research center for anyone researching African-American history. The center was originally a school for African-Americans and there's a recreated school room with tons of...More

Thank Reads4Pleasure
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