Dr. Ade Ofunniyin curates new City Gallery exhibit “WOKE: Rattling Bones, Conversations, Holy Rites and Sacred Places”

The “WOKE: Rattling Bones, Conversations, Holy Rites and Sacred Places” exhibition at the City Gallery is open from April 4 – May 6. A free community event will be held April 16 with a talk by the archaeologists that uncovered the African remains during the Gaillard construction in 2013, Nic Bulter, historian with the Public Library, and a curator-led tour by Dr. Ade Ofunniyin.

Using the unearthing of remains of 36 African-descended individuals during the 2013 renovation of the Gaillard Center as a point of departure, visitors to the exhibition will learn about the “Anson Street Burying Ground,” including the archaeological and historical research associated with the site. The burial ground dates to the mid-late 1700s – the earliest excavated burials in Charleston. The discovery provides opportunities to more fully investigate and document past and present African descendant ancestry in the Charleston area, through DNA and genealogical research.

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