The International African American Museum

Rendering of the IAAM via

In his 2000 inaugural address, former mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. pitched an idea of a world-class museum which would feature the experiences + contributions that Africans brought to America through the city of Charleston. Nearly two decades later, the International African American Museum (IAAM) is coming to fruition– set to open its doors within the next few years.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Construction is planned to begin in May.
  • The museum needs to raise an extra $10 million in addition to its original fundraising goal of $75 million, which it surpassed last August.
  • They hope to have doors open to the public in 2021. Mark your calendars.
  • The Museum’s mission reads: It is likely that all…

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