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Anson Street African Burial Ground Project

Research and Community

In 2017, the City of Charleston requested that we guide the memorialization process for the 36 Ancestors that were uncovered during construction at the Charleston Gaillard Center in 2013.  From the start, we knew that community had to play a big role, here is the story of that process.

Mapping Black Burial Grounds

Preservation Society of Charleston + ASABG Team partnership

In 2022, the Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC) was awarded an African American Civil Rights Grant by the National Park Service for the Mapping Charleston’s Black Burial Grounds Project. The PSC’s objective is to implement a community-led, open-source mapping project to produce a comprehensive inventory of Black burial grounds in the City of Charleston.

ASABG team members, La'Sheia Oubré and Joanna Gilmore are working with the PSC to facilitate a community engagement program to listen and learn about these sacred sites. 


Monrovia Street Cemeteries

Broken ties

Adjacent to the Pacific Box and Crate development there are four burial grounds for people of African descent. Three are well-maintained but one, Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church cemetery fell out of the collective consciousness sometime since the construction of I-26 and is overgrown and inaccessible to friends and family of the deceased.

Ephrath and Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church Cemeteries

A call for new legislation

The sale of 88 Smith Street in downtown Charleston highlighted the need for new legislation that protects the burial grounds of African descendant people, whose presence has been excluded from historical narratives.

To learn about how you can support the restoration of burial grounds follow this link to the African American Cemeteries Restoration Fund, which is managed by the Preservation Society of Charleston.

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