“Gadsden’s Wharf is a sacred space. And you have the opportunity to do something there that can help people understand not only the immediacy of the story you’re telling, but also its vital importance through a national lens. This is, after all, the story of America. A story of struggle, heartbreak, joy and achievement. For me, it is crucial that you succeed, because the story you are telling shows us who we are and can make us even better.”

– Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Forty-eight point one percent of all of the African slaves that came to the United States entered this country through Charleston. So blackness, black culture, the African experience, the African American experience, slavery – however you want to slice it – this is ground zero. I think it’s very important that a great city in the south be the home of a great museum celebrating the achievements, the history and the culture of persons of African descent. And I can think of no place more ideal, no place more perfect, no place more appropriate than Charleston.”

– Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard Professor and Historian

“The International African American Museum to be built at Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston is one of the most important commemorative projects in American history.”

– David W. Blight, 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winner, Class of 1954 Professor of American History, Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University

“The International African American Museum in Charleston will offer a look into some of the most compelling stories in our country’s history.  This long overdue museum will raise public awareness and help contribute to the nation’s search for unity in our pursuit of a ‘more perfect union.’”

– James E. Clyburn, United States House of Representatives