Policing Charleston During the Era of Slavery, 1670-1865 by Nic Butler

In a society once ruled by a white minority, the primary focus of law enforcement in early Charleston was to surveil and intimidate the enslaved Black minority. Traditional policing practices, rooted in medieval English law and based on a shared community responsibility, were modified locally to address the New World circumstances created by the practice of race-based slavery. Join Dr. Nic Butler, historian at Charleston County Public Library, for a survey of early policing practices in both urban and rural Charleston, and how the destructive legacy of such practices cast a shadow over law enforcement well into the twentieth century.

Sep-25-18 6:00 pm - Sep-25-18 9:00 pm