The Anson Street African Burial Ground project began in 2013 when the Ancestors woke and demanded that we share their truths.  In 2017, Dr. Ade Ofunniyin and the team that worked alongside him for the Gullah Society, took up the Ancestors charge and worked with community to learn more about their lives, honor and memorialize them.


What We Do

We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers and educators. Through historical, anthropological, archaeological, genetic, and genealogical research we work with communities to share, preserve and protect African descendant burial grounds. We ensure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.


We conduct research into modern and ancient DNA to learn about ancestry and kinship, as well as health and disease. We also research the histories of individual families and African-descendant burial grounds throughout the Lowcountry.  We develop new approaches to share archaeological and historical research.

Community Outreach & Education Programs

We work with all ages, from grade-school to college, adults and seniors. Learning never stops and we are here to produce publications and provide resources to learn about African descendant lives.


Our research and community engagement activities contribute to exhibitions that broaden our audience, to share our findings and encourage important conversations related to African-descendant lives, racial justice and equity.


"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"

George Eliot


Upcoming Events

  • Community Exhibition Inspired by the Ancestors
    Mon, Jul 12
    McLeod Plantation Historic Site
    Jul 12, 10:00 AM – Dec 31, 4:00 PM
    McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    An exhibition of research findings and student and senior citizen art inspired by archaeological, historical and genetic research into the lives of the 36 Ancestors found at Anson Street in Charleston.
  • Report on our burial ground research
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Nov 15
    Nov 15, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
    Join us for a conversation about our ongoing research!

Contact the ASABG team

We want this website to be a beautiful, easy-to-use resource for everyone.  So please excuse us as we continue to work on it.  Thanks, as always, for your support - we hope that it will be worth the wait!

More details about how to get in touch with ASABG project team to learn more about our work and how you can get involved coming soon.