The African Burial Ground

Remember the graves discovered last spring at the site of Charleston’s renovated Gaillard Center? Well, very little new information has been released in recent months about the ongoing laboratory analysis of the remains. As I reported last November (at a program here at the Charleston County Public Library), however, we now know that the 37 individuals found there were of African descent. How will this information, and the remains, be interpreted, documented, and commemorated? The answers to those questions are not for me to decide, but I hope to use my role here at CCPL to facilitate a better understanding of the process and the players. With that goal in mind, I invite you to join me for a two-part event here at the library next week. On Tuesday and Thursday, April 8th and 10th, Dr. Ade Ofunniyan of the Gullah Society and I will host an educational screening of the documentary, The African Burial Ground. This 2009 film documents the 1991 re-discovery of a very large African burial ground in New York City and the long civic process of creating a respectful commemoration of the site and its history. It’s a two-hour film, so we’re showing it in two-parts. Following the second part on April 10th, we will have a panel discussion with guests Dr. Ade Ofunniyan, Ramona La Roche, Rhoda Greene, and Bob Small. Please feel free to download the flyer below and spread the word!



Time: Tuesday, April 8th 2014 at 6 p.m., and Thursday, April 10th at 6 p.m.

Place: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nic Butler at butlern[at] or 843–805–6968.

As always, you can check out our Calendar of Events for all upcoming events.