“Topping Out” Ceremony Marks Major Milestone for International African American Museum

CHARLESTON, SC⁠—July 10th, 2020—The construction of the International African American Museum is progressing as planned, despite the global presence of COVID-19. Today marks an important milestone in the museum’s journey, as major donors, board members, and elected officials attended the “topping out” ceremony, marking the placement of the structure’s final steel beam.  “Every steel beam […]

The Story I’ll Tell

In 2007, as an undergrad in a study abroad program at the University of Ghana, I met a man who, through his storytelling, showed me the impact of hearing a story you’ve never heard. His name was Armstrong, and he was the guide for my class. Small in stature, but with the heart of a […]

The Impact of COVID-19 and Our Community Safety Response

Dear Friend, Like you, we are deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the global community. Times like these require courageous inquiry and creative solutions. As we navigate the uncertainty of this public health dilemma, our highest priority is the health and safety of our community—staff, volunteers, members, museum stakeholders, and […]

Spoleto Festival & Museum Partner to Offer Exclusive Local Discount

This weekend only, Spoleto and the International African American Museum partner to offer an exclusive 40% discount on a wide selection of 2019 Festival performances including the world premiere performance of Omar, an opera based on the life of Omar Ibn Sa’id! Charleston-area locals have the opportunity to save 40% on tickets to Omar, but you […]

Sheila Johnson to boost Charleston’s African American Museum | postandcourier.com

Charleston’s International African American Museum is getting a big boost that just might push it over the finish line. Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owner of three professional sports teams, has agreed to join the museum’s board of directors. “Mayor Joe Riley has twisted my arm … so we’re on a […]

Blackbaud Donates $1M to African American Museum Effort – Post and Courier

The International African American Museum is $1 million closer to breaking ground on a building along downtown Charleston’s waterfront. The Daniel Island-based technology company Blackbaud Inc. said Wednesday it would contribute $1 million to the project, which will commemorate the site where thousands of enslaved Africans were brought to America. Much of that money will […]

Plans for International African American Museum being unveiled in SC | WBTW.com

CHARLESTON, SC – A Charleston review board is getting its first look at architectural plans for a proposed $75 million International African American Museum. Concepts for the building are to be considered Wednesday by the city Board of Architectural Review which looks at building projects in Charleston’s Historic District. The museum is planned on the […]

Funding at Halfway Point

Mayor Riley: International African American Museum funding at halfway point CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — With the announcement of a $500,000 gift by Boeing to the International African American Museum project, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said Wednesday that the funding effort was at the halfway point. Riley said he hoped to have the $75 million museum […]

Joe Riley expects to raise $75M

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley expects to raise $75 million for the International African American Museum before he leaves office The shooting deaths of nine black people by a suspect who is an avowed white supremacist at Emanuel AME Church have underscored the need for the International African American Museum, said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. And […]