Groundbreaking Celebration Program

TICKETS TO THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY ARE SOLD OUT! THE EVENT WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON FACEBOOK FOR ALL WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND.

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Location: on Charleston Harbor at 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Pre-event Entertainment
Imperial Kingz and Queenz

Master of Ceremonies
George Twopointoh

Welcome
Wilbur E. Johnson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the International African American Museum

National Anthem
Tichina Vaughn, mezzo soprano

Blessing
Reverend Eric S. C. Manning, Senior Pastor, Mother Emanuel AME Church

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Community Choir

Remarks – Elected Officials

Senator Tim Scott
South Carolina

Congressman Joe Cunningham
1st Congressional District

Governor Henry McMaster
South Carolina

Mayor John Tecklenburg
City of Charleston

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Poem Recitation
Syasia Coaxum, Senior, Burke High School

Remarks

Michael Boulware Moore
Former Chief Executive Officer of the International African American Museum

Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr.
Interim Chief Executive Officer of the International African American Museum

Rhoda Green
Founder/CEO at The Barbados and Carolinas Legacy Foundation and Barbados’ Honorary Consul to South Carolina

Lucille Whipper
Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors of the International African American Museum, activist and former State Representative

Keynote Addresses

Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Lifetime Member of the Board of Directors of the International African American Museum, former Mayor of the City of Charleston

Congressman James E. Clyburn
Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives

Groundbreaking

Reception following

We are grateful to Blackbaud for providing a grant that covers the expenses on our Groundbreaking Celebration.