Center for the Study of Slavery

Through scholarly research and public programming, the Center for the Study of Slavery (CSSC) examines the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the City of Charleston, including the surrounding region, and at the College of Charleston from the late 18th century through the civil rights era and the continued impact and legacy of slavery in the present.

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CSSC builds on the work begun with the College of Charleston’s affiliation with over 40 other universities in the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium, an effort organized by the University of Virginia.The College of Charleston's membership in Universities Studying Slavery will spur our university to be more intentional in disseminating  research and in collaborations within and beyond the institution. More College of Charleston initiatives will be announced in the coming months. 

Upcoming Events

Telling Truer Stories flyer (Event info at

"Telling Truer Stories at CofC" -  Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston Critical Conversation, Part I

April 1, 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET: Register

Participants: Submit this survey to provide feedback about this conversation.


"Restorative Responses Beyond CofC" -  Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston Critical Conversation, Part II

April 7, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET: Register
Untangling Campus Histories of Slavery
March 25, 6 PM ET - Email to register


A Member of the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Consortium

To learn more about CSSC, please contact our director, Dr. Bernard Powers ( and explore the Center's Mission, Events, News, and Resources & Exhibitions.

»View CSSC's Commitment to Making Black Lives Matter 


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