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.

Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC)

Academic Research

Scholars at CofC provide deeper understandings about the impacts of slavery and the study of race-relations. 


K-12 Education

K-12 educators seek to expand learning on these topics, deepen engagement, and build empathy. 


Public History

CofC is buidling a publicly shared hub of resources, including the Avery Research Center, Discovering our Past, and the Race & Social Justice Initiative.


Social Justice

Social justice and race-relations are at the heart of CSSC.

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CSSC at Work


The Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston is a multidisciplinary center that serves student, faculty, staff, and members of the public. Contact us anytime with questions about the College's Commitment, to propose an event, join a crticial conversation, share a resource, or report an concern

2020-2021 Initiatives

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Watch "Telling Truer Stories at CofC" - Critical Conversation Part I
Watch "Restorative Reponses Beyond CofC" - Critical Conversation Part II
View CSSC's Commitment to Making Black Lives Matter 

Impact. Legacy. Partnerships.

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.The College's membership in the consortium drives our university to be more intentional in disseminating research and in collaborations within and beyond the institution. Additionally, CSSC is a partner with Critical Conversations and DiversityEDU at CofC. As a university, we have a responsibility to “advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion” and have outlined numerous paths to achieve this endeavor in our new Strategic Plan. To do our part to support the College's mission, CSSC has launched multiple working groups starting in the 2021 (listed below).USS logo

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