International African American Museum

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.

A Visual Tour of the Museum

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“. . .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

Center for Family History​

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.

African Ancestors Memorial Garden

Watch Walter Hood, creative director and founder of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, CA, talk about one our country’s most sacred sites. The African Ancestors Memorial Garden 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. →

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Our Programs


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.

Public Programs

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!

Faith-Based Programs

Through exhibits and experiences at the museum , untold stories about the central role of faith, spirituality and religion in the African and African American experience will be shared. To learn about current programming, please view our updates.