Center for African American History, Arts and Culture

The Center for African American History, Arts and Culture is housed in the historic Immanuel Institute Building, located on the corner of York and Richland streets. The Center preserves the legacy begun in 1881 by Rev. W. R. Coles, a Presbyterian missionary. From humble beginnings in a small six-room house Rev. Coles established The Immanuel Institute to educate African Americans. In 1889 he constructed this building to house the growing school.

Stop by the Center For African American History, Art and Culture to learn more about Black History in Aiken County and experience our facility! Come to the Center to

– Tour 9 rooms, including the African Experience and Middle Passage Room-Slave Ship

– Investigate your family Genealogy in our Family Research Room

– Reserve an event space appropriate and affordable for any occasion

– Buy a memorial brick that will join our Brick Wall and invest in the CAAHAC's mission

– Sign up to volunteer at the Center