Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 21 September 2012

A Brief History of Charleston’s “House of Correction,” 1856–1885

For nearly thirty years, the City of Charleston operated this little-known institution for the detention of “vagrants, petty thieves, and disturbers of the peace,” including men, women, and children of all races and classes of society. Its surviving records offer a rare, amusing glimpse into the the bawdy and violent street life in post-war Charleston.

Join Dr. Nicholas Butler as he recounts the history of this fascinating Charleston institution!

  • Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
  • Location: CCPL Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, 2nd Floor Training Room
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • For more information, contact the Charleston Archive at (843) 805-6967 or

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