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 […]

Dominion Energy Gifts Nearly 1800 Museum Memberships to Students

Volunteers working together

Charleston, SC – Friday, February 7, 2020 – Today, teams from the International African American Museum (IAAM), Dominion Energy, and Charleston Promise Neighborhood (CPN) gathered at the museum’s headquarters to stuff and seal Charter Membership packages. The packages will be sent to nearly 1800 CPN students and their families, thanks to a generous donation from […]

A Tearful Jim Clyburn Helps Break Ground On The IAAM

BY TANYA A. CHRISTIAN · OCTOBER 28, 2019 There’s an International African-American Museum (IAAM) coming to Charleston, South Carolina and on Friday, ESSENCE attended the groundbreaking held in its honor. A number of elected officials and dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the momentous occasion including House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who fought through tears to explain why the impending structure […]

BP Donates $1 Million to Support IAAM Creation, Programming, Education

IAAM and BP Leadership

CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 16, 2019) – BP announced a major financial commitment of $1 million to the International African American Museum (IAAM). The donation supports the museum construction along with programs and education. BP has a significant presence in South Carolina. The BP Cooper River Plant built in 1978 is located in Berkeley County on […]

Dominion Energy Pledges $2.5 Million & Funds 1,000 Charter Memberships

Dominion Energy announces its support of the IAAM.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 26, 2019) – Dominion Energy has pledged $2.5 million to support the International African American Museum’s (IAAM) design and construction. As one of the largest single donations to a nonprofit cause in the company’s history, it reflects Dominion Energy’s commitment to the people of South Carolina. In addition to the $2.5 million […]

Mercedes-Benz Vans Supports Creation of IAAM’s Studio Time Workshop

Studio Time Workshop

Mercedes-Benz Vans Supports IAAM’s Studio Time Workshop CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 31, 2019) – Mercedes-Benz Vans (MBV), the Sprinter van manufacturer in the North Charleston area, will partner with the International African American Museum (IAAM) to support the creation of its Studio Time Workshop. The museum’s Workshop will provide dynamic, interactive educational opportunities for learners of […]

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Speaks With Charleston Community

Joy Bivins and Dr. Gates

CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 10, 2019) – Yesterday evening, more than 300 people gathered at the College of Charleston to hear celebrated scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., discuss his newest documentary, “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War.” At the event, hosted by the International African American Museum (IAAM) with support from the Halsey Institute of […]

Steelmaking Giant Nucor Pledges $2.5 Million to IAAM

IAAM team and Nucor president

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 26, 2019) – Nucor Corporation, a Fortune 500 steelmaking company, pledged $2.5 million to the International African American Museum (IAAM) – the combination gift includes a $1.25 million cash donation as well as a $1.25 million in-kind contribution. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nucor is North America’s most diversified steel and steel […]

Architectural Digest Highlights IAAM

International African American Museum at night

History Comes Alive at These Striking New Museums A crop of new institutions—in Berlin, L.A., and Charleston, South Carolina—seeks to create an immersive experience while reacquainting us with the past By Daniel Pembrey Many of us have had the experience of visiting an exhibition and being unmoved by static displays and relics, but a crop of […]

Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr. Donate $1 Million to IAAM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 8, 2019) – The International African American Museum (IAAM) received a significant leadership investment last month, when Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr., of Spartanburg, donated $1 million to support the institution’s creation. Founders of a nationally renowned art collection, the couple has a longstanding interest in advancing the study and appreciation […]