to honor the untold stories of the African American journey at one of our country’s most sacred sites.
The International African American Museum
will explore cultures and knowledge systems retained and adapted by Africans in the Americas, and the diverse journeys and achievements of these individuals and their descendants in South Carolina, the United States, and throughout the African diaspora. Visitors will engage with dynamic exhibits featuring historic figures, events, and experiences from slavery through the 20th-century civil rights movement and into the present.
The African Ancestors Memorial Garden is designed by creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA. It will commemorate one of our country’s most sacred sites. It will be a place to reflect, experience botanic gardens, artistic installations, a huge infinity fountain on the edge of the original wharf, a soundscape that explores diverse African languages, performances, programs and more. The Garden will be free and open to the public.
The Center for Family History will serve as a groundbreaking resource for the study and advancement of African American genealogy, with connections to Africa and the African diaspora. Staff will provide guidance to novice and advanced genealogists to learn more about family history using the Center’s unique collection of primary sources, documents, and texts. Workshops and educational programming will be offered.
“. . .a purposefully unrhetorical work of architecture quietly affirming the power of place, as it shelters and frames a richly articulated work of landscape art.”
– Harry N. Cobb, Chief Architect
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Educational programs will provide life-long learning opportunities for visitors both young and old. We’re busy creating K-12 curriculum, field-trip experiences, digital content, professional development programs, and more.
Our innovative, fresh, fun, interesting and engaging programming will be provided inside of the museum as well as beyond its walls. We’ve already begun to offer programs. Please view our updates to find out more!
Through exhibits and experiences at the museum , untold stories about the central role of faith, spirituality and religion in the African and African American will be shared. To learn about current programming, please view our updates.