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.

Frankly Charleston

Frankly Charleston explores the rich black history of Charleston. Our tour will allow you to learn the Africans journey and contributions. Tours leave from the Visitor Center.

Charleston African American Tour

A Gullah Geechee Tour showcasing Charleston's rich Black History. Immerse yourself in the culture with a certified native born Gullah speaking historian. Bin yah not come yah.

G & L Charters and Tours

All of our vehicles are regularly maintained, comfortable, and driven by expert, carefully trained drivers. No matter who you are or where you’re going, we’ll get you there on time without any problems in between. Because we take safety very seriously, we ensure that all of our vehicles can always pass a spot check or a surprise inspection. We know you don’t expect anything less.

Gullah Tours

Gullah Tours explores the places, history and stories that are relevant to the varied contributions made by black Charlestonians. Reservations suggested.

Gullah Gullah Tours

Native Gullah historian teaching Unspoken Black African American Slave History "da Root" of Charleston’s politics, religion & Slavery.

Choir Showcase

For the past 17 years, the Choir Showcase has inspired and entertained millions worldwide, celebrating Gospel music's powerful messages and soulful harmonies. With past performances from Grammy Award Winning artists such as Yolanda Adams, Tamala Mann and Tye Tribbett, among others.

Moja Arts Festival

The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Societies Top 20 events for many years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting line-up of events with a rich variety of traditional favorites.

Gullah Geechee Angel Network

GullahGeecheeangelnetwork promotes and preserves the Gullah/Geechee culture by way of art. We also connect the diaspora not only in the 50 states but also in Africa, the Caribbean and Europe by way of Gullah/Geechee art, history,foodways,and tradition.

The Gullah Experience

A powerpoint party including a full sweetgrass basket display, Palmetto Rose making class, Q & A and ending with Frogmore Stew. Call or email to book this experience 843-442-1855 or [email protected].

T & D Mobile Mechanic Service, LLC

We are a mobile auto mechanic service that comes to you. Our mission is to keep you and your family safe, save you money, prevent major problems/concerns, and to make sure your vehicle(s) last for years.

JoyRide Transportation

JoyRide Transportation offers a fresh new trend for travel. We proudly offer professional driver services for any event. We cater to birthday, bachelorette, wedding parties, group travel & more!

Sites & Insights Tours

Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands Tours.

Charleston Black Car Limousine

We provide transportation within parts of the Gullah Geechee national corridor. Contact us at 843-276-0771.

Charleston African American tours DBA Charleston Black Car Limousine

My company focuses on the rich history of Charleston with a strong emphasis on Gullah Geechee culture. I native born and endowed with generational knowledge of my culture and history. Additionally we market Gullah Geechee art and artifacts ( How Great Gullah Art LLC). We provide transportation (Charleston Black Car Limousine LLC) within parts of the Gullah Geechee national corridor.

Airport Limo-Taxi Association

Outstanding service with a smile and clean, quality vehicles. Located at the airport's ground transportation booth, opposite the baggage claim area. Featuring no wait taxi.

N&S Transport

We transport passages to airports groups, schools, tour group, and more

Johnson Taxi Service

Transportation to and from the Charleston International Airport. Reliable and on time all the time service

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.

Free Verse Poetry Festival

Free Verse is a poetry community started by Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s first poet laureate. The collective hosts open mics, publishes books, and puts on a festival. Free Verse events are safe spaces for people of all gender identities. Follow @freeversefestival on Instagram.

Questions?

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.