- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An event in Charleston is celebrating the anniversaries of both the Avery Normal Institute and the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston.

The center, which focuses on black studies with an emphasis on Charleston and the Lowcountry, is located in what once was the Avery Normal Institute.

The institute was founded 150 years ago and served as a center of black culture in the city through 1954. The research center was then founded in 1985 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Both occasions are being observed at the research center on Saturday with a reception that will feature speeches, including one by former State Rep. Lucille Whipper, who is a former president of the board of the Avery Institute.

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