About the Project

For over a century, public history representations in Charleston, South Carolina privileged antebellum and colonial white elite experiences, while marginalizing or romanticizing the significance of African Americans and the institution of slavery. Acknowledging and representing this history to the public is long overdue. African Passages, Lowcountry Adaptations will help make this history more visible as an online educational exhibition that addresses Charleston’s pre-Civil War African American history and the significant role of slavery in the Lowcountry region. Supported by the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston, and funded through a grant from the SC Humanities Council, this dynamic website will provide curated access to digitally archived materials that are organized into a researched historic narrative to address public, academic, and educator audiences. This blog will document the development process of this online exhibition.

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