Progress of Center

Currently, the building exterior has been restored to its 1989 appearance, and the inside to being renovated to house the Center for African History, Art and Culture.
Upon discovering the history of the Immanuel Institute building in 2004, an ambitious movement began to capture that history and tell the stories of those African descent who played pivotal roles in Aiken County’s development. Community leaders, local businesses, city officials and citizens worked together to purchase, renovate and restore the building to house the Center for African American History, Art and Culture. The Center is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans in Aiken County, it is designed to educate and inform the public by offering an interactive curriculum focusing on history and the arts.

The Center for African American History, Art, and Culture gratefully acknowledges funding through the Aiken Together Campaign.