A Journey

Through Time

A Journey Through Time


1500 - 1670


1663 - 1779


1789 - 1849

Civil War

1861 - 1865


1865 - 1877

Jim Crow

1877 - 1954

Civil Rights

1958 - 1969

Modern Day

1970 - Present

Pre Colonial

1500 - 1670

The African presence in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry is well documented, but much less is known of the locations from which this group came. At last, we are beginning to understand Africa as an entire continent, not a single country, which opens our eyes to the multiple ethnic and geographic groups that first populated the region beginning in the 16th century through the 19th century when official importation of enslaved workers ended.

1525 / 1526

A Spanish explorer lands on the coast of what will become South Carolina, bringing enslaved Africans with him. Attempts to settle a colony fail, but early interaction between Africans seeking freedom and indigenous Native Americans has been traced to this period.