A guide to the Charleston area's Black-owned businesses

Black-Owned Charleston

The Lowcountry is a place of fierce tradition, boundless creativity, and deep-rooted hospitality. Whether shopping, dining, or seeing the sights, engaging with Charleston’s Black business community promises the fullest experience of these singular characteristics—and a tangible connection to the people who define this place.

Philip Simmons Museum Home and Workshop

"This is the home and workshop of the master blacksmith, Philip Simmons (1912-2009). He was born on Daniel Island; came to Charleston in 1920 to attend Buist Elementary School (now Academy), On his route to school he was attracted to the sounds that flowed from the blacksmith shop of Peter Simmons (no relation) who was a former slave. Peter invited him into his shop at age 13, taught him the basics of the craft, and the rest is history. His home is available for tours and his legacy is being preserved by the Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc. The workshop is operated by his nephew, Carlton Simmons. "

Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture

Join us as we begin celebrating 160 years at 125 Bull Street. The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is an archive, library and museum that lives inside of the former Avery Normal Institute. The Center offers self-guided tours, hosts workshops, and spotlights creative expressions from the African Diaspora. For more information: avery.cofc.edu/visit.


This site is meant as an introduction to the African and African American experience in the Charleston,SC area. We want this website to continue growing with new stories and articles submitted by Charleston-area contributors. We are especially interested in sharing stories written by people who have a personal connection to the topic (descendant or family member, subject matter expert, eyewitness to events, etc.). If you are interested in contributing, please email [email protected] to learn more.

For complete information about visiting the Charleston area, please call 800-774-0006 or visit ExploreCharleston.com. We suggest that you contact one or more of the institutions mentioned on this site for any research-related inquiries.