IAAM To Begin Offering Pre-Opening Experiences

We are excited to move into the next phase of preparations for the opening of the museum. As part of our continuing commitment to recognize, partner, and learn from the communities on which we call for support and inspiration, IAAM has begun launching a series of pre-opening guided experiences and events that serve two essential […]

Update on Timing of Opening of the International African American Museum

Due to challenges regarding the building’s humidity and temperature controls, The International African American Museum has made the difficult decision to postpone its opening. Museums require extremely stringent humidity controls in order to display the most sensitive of items for extended periods of time.  This delay is necessary to ensure that the museum building achieves […]

Boeing doubles giving to IAAM with additional $1MM investment

Charleston, S.C. – The International African American Museum (IAAM) has received an additional $1 million donation from The Boeing Company. This contribution will help thousands of underserved children experience the educational aspects of the museum during its opening year while also helping to support the organization’s broader mission and operations. This most recent gift brings Boeing’s […]

Director of Center for Family History Receives Elijah Abel Service Award

Congratulations to our own Center for Family History Director, Toni Carrier! Toni has been awarded the National Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP) Elijah Abel Service Award. The award is given to individuals who show exemplary service towards helping others understand the history of slavery through genealogical research.  Dr. Evelyn McDowell, […]

International African American Museum receives second donation from TD Bank

Charleston, S.C. — The International African American Museum (IAAM) has received a $250,000 grant from TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, to sponsor the TD Bank Program Series, which will include nine large program events to be held at the museum and online.  The series will feature nine major community events and programs from 2022 to 2024, and all will uphold IAAM’s […]

International African American Museum Honors Former Mayor Joseph P. Riley’s Commitment and Service to the Museum

International African American Museum Statement on Former Mayor Joseph P. Riley’s Commitment and Service to the Museum We are incredibly grateful to Mayor Joseph P. Riley. No one has been closer to or more committed to this project than he. From a powerful, inspiring announcement in a state-of-the-city address in 2000 to thousands of hours meeting with individuals—knocking […]

My Untold Story

My grandparents’ names were Esau and Janie Jenkins. Those names mean a lot to folks here in Charleston, and I want everyone to know their story, the way they shaped this place, and what it means for me to be a part of this family. Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Esau and Janie […]

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 […]

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 […]