On That Verdict: An Open Letter to Aggressive Hopers

Guilty. That single word is an entire sentence. Descriptors are unnecessary here in Charleston, there in Minneapolis, back home in D.C. In fact, the entire world was hovering outside those court steps on April 20th and all were there when Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd on all counts. I […]

Museum Joins African American Cemetery Restoration Project

On Saturday, April 17th, volunteers and staff from the International African American Museum (IAAM) participated in the African American Cemeteries Restoration project at Morris Street Baptist Church Cemetery. This initiative was announced on Saturday, March 13th at a press conference led by the Office of the Mayor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints […]

Museum Board To Meet on Friday, April 23rd

The Board of Directors of the International African American Museum will meet on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held video conference due to the “stay at home” mandate as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Agenda is still to be determined but will be posted on the museum’s website […]

IAAM names Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, <br> national leader in African-American History <br> and STEM education, as new CEO

The International African American Museum names Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, national leader in African American history and STEM education, as new CEO CHARLESTON, S.C. —The International African American Museum has found the final piece for the massive global project that will change the landscape of African American history and its curation. Seventeen months after breaking ground […]

Women’s History Month: Exploring the Green Book of South Carolina

“The Green Book provides an opportunity for us to expand the knowledge of those original sites, the significance of those original sites. And so, one of the other things that we’ve done is we’ve worked with teachers to create lesson plans around the Green Book sites, and they’re included in our teacher’s guide to African […]

The Museum Welcomes Six New Board of Directors

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CHARLESTON, SC⁠—March 23, 2021 – The International African American Museum announced the addition of six new Board members. These six individuals join an already noteworthy board featuring prominent leaders and activists from across the nation.  The new board members include Bishop Claude Alexander, Dr. Tamara Butler, Dr. Emory Campbell, Anna Glass, Lenard Larry McKelvey (Charlamagne […]

<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 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 […]