Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million Grant to IAAM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 18, 2019) – The New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the International African American Museum (IAAM) a $1.5 million grant: $1 million to support the museum’s creation and construction and $500,000 to support the IAAM’s chief curatorial position. “Our relationship with the Mellon Foundation began in earnest in 2017 when […]

Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr. Donate $1 Million to IAAM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 8, 2019) – The International African American Museum (IAAM) received a significant leadership investment last month, when Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr., of Spartanburg, donated $1 million to support the institution’s creation. Founders of a nationally renowned art collection, the couple has a longstanding interest in advancing the study and appreciation […]

International African American Museum President Finds Strength in the Past

February 22, 2019 — For as long as he can remember, Michael Boulware Moore has known the story of Robert Smalls;  a slave who not only gained his freedom by commandeering a Confederate ship and turning it over to Union forces, but later served in the South Carolina State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.Moore didn’t […]

Charleston’s IAAM to help African-Americans push past the ‘1870 brick wall’

February 24, 2019 — Researching genealogy is easier than ever, particularly with DNA analysis and online archives, but many African-Americans still struggle with a lack of government records on their enslaved ancestors. Among researchers, it’s known as “the 1870 Brick Wall.” Helping African-Americans get around or over that wall has become a driving mission of Charleston’s […]

International African American Museum Ready to Run the Extra Miles

IAAM gallery

  CHARLESTON, S.C. (December 20, 2018) – As the year comes to a close, the International African American Museum (IAAM) team is reflecting on its exciting progress, optimistically looking forward to new challenges, and eagerly anticipating its upcoming groundbreaking. This August, thanks to the generosity of more than a hundred donors who made contributions ranging […]

Rosalind and Jerry Richardson Donate $5 Million to International African American Museum

schoolchildren and IAAM president Michael Boulware Moore

    CHARLESTON, SC – (November 1, 2018) – Today the International African American Museum (IAAM) announced a $5 million donation from Rosalind and Jerry Richardson. Focused on education, the gift is the museum’s largest donation from individuals. The announcement was made today at a news conference attended by South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly […]

Founders Fund Gets $500,000 Boost from Fluor Foundation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 27, 2018) – As the International African American Museum’s Founders Fund approaches the finish line, it has received a $500,000 pledge from the Fluor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Fluor Corporation. Fluor has had a presence in Greenville, South Carolina for decades. The $19 billion company, based in Irving, Texas, has nearly […]