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The Real Rainbow Row: Charleston's Queer History

The Special Collections Department at the College of Charleston Libraries has created this wonderful digital exhibition exploring Charleston's queer history as a virtual walking tour. With brief text descriptions and one or more photographs for each place, this project takes visitors to twenty different locations in Charleston that speak to the histories of its LGBTQ residents. For example, the tour begins at the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. This building houses the Joseph Towles Collection, which includes the papers of Towles' partner Colin Turnbull, who Towles married in 1960, as well as the "unpublished story of their relationship, 'Lover and Beloved.'" The Real Rainbow Row also has an accompanying story map for readers who would like to take this walking tour in person. However, as the embedded story map is not mobile-friendly, readers wishing to use this feature should open the story map in its own tab using the link at the map's bottom right. The Real Rainbow Row was authored by Harlan Greene, the Special Collections Scholar in Residence, and Sandra Slater, an associate professor of history at the College of Charleston.
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June 7th, 2019
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June 5th, 2019 at 11:05am
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June 5th, 2019 at 11:48am
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