Lowcountry Digital History Initiative

A Digital History Project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston

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Recent Exhibits

Enslaved and Freed African Muslims: Spiritual Wayfarers in the South and Lowcountryclose

The slave ships docking in early colonial America carried enslaved people from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, including West African Muslims. Though the historical record is scantly populated with their history, it reveals that the West African Muslims brought to America carried their Islamic faith and cultural practices with them. This exhibit examines their background before being forced to the Americas, and it explores the lives of individual Muslims who lived in the American South and the Lowcountry.

Samuel Williams and His World: Before the War and After the Unionclose

Samuel Williams was born into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina in 1852. In his later years, Williams penned his recollections about his life before and after slavery; but he published his memoir under a pseudonym, Sam Aleckson. Williams’s identity as the author was unknown outside of his family. The author's identity is published for the first time here! By weaving together his memoir and archival research, this exhibition traces Samuel Williams’s life from his childhood in Charleston, through Reconstruction and its aftermath, to his migration North in the late-nineteenth century. Published April 2018.

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Las Voces del Lowcountryclose

Las Voces del Lowcountry documents the varied experiences of Latinos in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This exhibition spotlights their struggles as well as their growing public presence and multifaceted contributions to the region's cultural and economic life. Through interviews, photographs, and artistic images, Las Voces del Lowcountry captures a critical moment in the historic evolution of the Latino presence in the Charleston area. Published November 2017. Las Voces del Lowcountry documenta la diversidad de experiencias de los latinos del Lowcountry en Carolina del Sur. Esta exhibición presenta narrativas de dolor y lucha como así también otras historias que manifiestan una creciente presencia pública y multifacéticas contribuciones a la vida cultural y económica de la región. A través de entrevistas, fotografías e imágenes artísticas, Las Voces del Lowcountry captura un momento crítico en la evolución histórica de la presencia latina en el área de Charleston. Publicado en noviembre de 2017.

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Remembering Individuals, Remembering Communities: Septima P. Clark and Public History in Charlestonclose

Remembering Individuals, Remembering Communities interprets and maps the life and work of Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), to provide insights into her experiences as an African American civil rights educator, activist, and native of Charleston, South Carolina. Highlighting this history not only reveals the significance of the black freedom struggle in Charleston, it also challenges ongoing race, class, and gender divisions throughout the city’s public history landscape. Published February 2017.

Avery: The Spirit That Would Not Die, 1865-2015close

2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Avery Normal Institute and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.This online exhibition explores over one hundred and fifty years of Avery history—from its origins as a school for Black Charlestonians starting in 1865, to its current form as a center for promoting the history and culture of the African diaspora with an emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Published May 2016.

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Liverpool’s Abercromby Square and the Confederacy During the U.S. Civil Warclose

This exhibition explores connections between the U.S. South and Great Britain during the American Civil War, particularly through trading activities led by a group of influential businessmen who lived in Liverpool's Abercromby Square. Despite widespread popular opinion against slavery by the mid-eighteenth century in Great Britain, the fortunes of this elite neighborhood were still intricately tied to the fate of the Confederacy. Published December 2015.

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