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 […]

Breonna Taylor and the Legacy of Racially Charged Violence

By now the nation has learned that the Louisville police officers who killed Breonna Taylor were not charged with any crimes related to her death. In fact, only one of the officers was indicted for “wanton endangerment,” because some of the bullets he fired hit the apartment of one of Breonna’s neighbors. This is yet […]

“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 […]

African American stories of unspeakable pain reverberate through US history

As seen in Post & Courier on June 7th 2020 By: Dr. Elijah Heyward III I am admittedly challenged writing this op-ed amid widespread protests and an epic clash between reality and “truths we hold to be self-evident.” I am burdened by the fact that despite the strides of our forebears, we continue to experience […]

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 […]