Board Meeting Notice – Friday, January 22nd 2021

NOTICE: Meeting of the Board of Directors Friday, January 22, 2021 – 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Board of Directors of the International African American Museum will meet on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:00 am. The meeting will be held video conference due to the “stay at home” mandate as a result of […]

<strong>Sony Corporation of America Announces $1.7 Million Donation to the International African American Museum</strong>

Creating a New Generation of Visitor Experiences CHARLESTON, SC⁠—January 12, 2021 – Today, the International African American Museum announced a $1.7 million product donation from Sony Corporation of America (SCA), on behalf of Sony Corporation and its U.S. affiliates. The Museum is scheduled to open in 2022 at the former Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston, SC. Historians […]

The Duke Endowment Invests in the International African American Museum

The Duke Endowment Invests in the International African American Museum $1.25 Million Grant Awarded CHARLESTON, SC—November 10, 2020—The International African American Museum announced a $1.25 million grant received from The Duke Endowment, one of the largest private philanthropic trusts in the Southeast. The grant includes $1 million for the Museum’s endowment and $250,000 to be […]

“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 |

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 […]