The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture builds upon the foundation of its namesake the Avery Normal Institute, which served African American students from 1865 to 1954.
Many have been responsible for the growth and increased prestige during the College's 250 years of existence, but here are the ones who deserve special recognition for the impact they had on the College's development and evolution.
The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston will reopen this month following extensive structural renovations.
Before it was the Avery Research Center, the building on Bull Street was one of the most important schools and gathering places for black Charlestonians.
The center says it will shut its doors from Feb. 1, 2017, to Oct. 15, 2017, for a major improvement project to replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems throughout the building. The renovations will greatly enhance the building's archival storage conditions.
The history of the Avery Normal Institute, the legacy of its students and its impact on the community is getting a fresh retelling in an updated exhibition at the Avery Research Center.