Library Menu
Ask the Cougar

< Back to News & Events / Back to Library Home

Smithsonian Comes to Avery

This entry was posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011

The Avery Research Center is excited to host “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language”, the exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum, in January 2012. This exhibition is a beautiful and thought-provoking assemblage of artifacts, photographs, and text that documents the life and work of Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner, whom many scholars consider as the first African-American linguist and the Father of Gullah Studies. It also examines the visceral interconnections between African diasporan cultures on three continents: the Gullah-Geechee communities of South Carolina and Georgia; the Afro-Brazilian community of Bahia, Brazil; and the West African cultures from which the other two were born.

The exhibit will open on Thursday January 12, 2012 with an reception and special guest speakers Camille Akeju, Director of the Smithonian’s Anacostia Museum, and Dr. Johnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African Art.  For more information on the opening exhibit please click here.

Addlestone Library is accessible only to College of Charleston students, alumni, faculty, and staff, Friends of the Library, PASCAL visiting patrons, or those with appointments for services offered in the library. Cougar Cards, Alumni cards, FOL cards, PASCAL institution IDs, or appointment emails are required for entry. Virtual services are available at