OPENING IN JANUARY 2023
the museum will be welcoming
visitors the weekend of
January 21, 2023
Mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. embarks
on a new future with the Museum
as a lifetime board member,
"a landmark moment in a long journey."
We thank him for everything he has done.
were denied so many opportunities, and they were
determined to provide those very same opportunities
to the generations that followed them."
By Rev. DeMett E. Jenkins
for Your Legacy
your planned giving, we have some
information on how you can make
the Museum part of your legacy.
Charleston County Public Library
to connect you with the stories
and culture of the
Gullah Geechee people.
stories of the African
Imagery Has Always
and A Modern Attempt to Reclaim
By: Dr. Tonya M. Matthews
A Journey of Centuries
This museum is about a journey that began centuries ago in Africa, and still continues. It is about the journey of millions of Africans, captured and forced across the Atlantic in the grueling and inhumane Middle Passage, who arrived at Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, South Carolina and other ports in the Atlantic World. Their labor, resistance and ingenuity and that of their descendants shaped every aspect of our world.
History Comes Alive
The museum will sit on the shoulders of 18 strong columns. On the ground level, the African Ancestors Memorial Garden will highlight the original shoreline—the exact spot where so many captive Africans first set foot in America. There will be gardens for quiet contemplation, as well as space for performances and programs.
In the Museum
The museum’s exhibitions will share untold stories using classic techniques as well as new approaches driven by innovation, technology and digital interactivity. Themes will include connections across the African diaspora, the spread of African American culture and influence, and the movements for justice and equality. The Center for Family History will enable visitors to trace their genealogy, while changing exhibitions and special events will keep the museum energized. Educational programs will provide life-long learning opportunities for visitors both young and old.