Honoring the legacy of David Dinkins, museum supporter and former mayor of New York City

Today, we mourn the loss of David Dinkins, the first and only African American mayor of New York City.  Mr. Dinkins served on the International African American Museum’s National Advisory Board, and we are eternally grateful for the support he provided. His lifelong commitment to public service and to improving race relations will continue to […]

Museum’s Brenda Tindal honored with leadership award

Brenda Tindal headshot

We are thrilled to announce Brenda Tindal, Director of Education and Engagement at the International African American Museum, is the recipient of the Southeastern Museums Conference’s 2020 Museum Leadership Award. Initiated in 1994, this award recognizes mid-career museum professionals who have shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at his or her institution, within the […]

The Museum remembers the life of Judge Bernard Fielding

This fall saw the loss of several of the pillars of the Charleston community.  Most recently, we received news of the passing of Judge Bernard Fielding.  Judge Fielding was the first African American probate judge in South Carolina. His family owns Fielding Home for Funerals, the largest and oldest black-owned funeral home business.    Born in […]

The Museum remembers Dr. Ade Ajani Ofunniyin

The International African American Museum team honors the life and legacy of educator, author, community leader and cultural anthropologist Dr. Ade Ajani Ofunniyin.   Born in Charleston, Dr. O, as he was affectionately called, moved to New York City as a child but returned in adulthood upon the request of his grandfather, renowned blacksmith Philip Simmons, to […]