Dawn Chitty

Dawn Chitty

Dawn Chitty (Ed.D.) is the Director of Education at the African American Civil War Museum where she has worked since 2010. Before joining the staff at the museum, Dawn was a curriculum specialist and social studies teacher serving school districts in South Carolina.

Dawn specializes in 18th and 19th-century education and historical interpretation. She has developed interpretive programs in colonial life, chattel slavery, and archaeology for several historic sites in the Charleston area and operated a successful tour company specializing in low country African American history called “Low Country Walks.”

She holds degrees in Anthropology and Education and holds a doctorate in Education in which she focused her research on the topics of museum curriculum and pedagogy about slavery and abolition in the United States. As a doctoral student, she learned a great deal about the importance of historical memory and its connection to inclusive pedagogy. Therefore, she dedicates her time to initiatives and organizations that center diversity, equity, and inclusion in curriculum and interpretation practices.

Content by Dawn Chitty

African American Civil War Memorial

At War with Memory

How race has shaped our memory of the Civil War and Emancipation

Susie King

Learning in Secret Places

Susie Baker and the drive for education equality before Brown v. Board of Education