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Jun 07, 2023

BBC Travel Considers IAAM To Be the Most Anticipated Museum Opening in the U.S.

  • IAAM in the Media

After over two decades of planning, the long-awaited International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston, South Carolina, has announced its official opening date: June 27, 2023, just after Juneteenth. This monumental project holds a profound historical significance, tracing the timeline of African enslavement back to 300 BCE. Located at Gadsden’s Wharf, once a bustling hub of the slave trade, stands atop 18 stilts, symbolically avoiding direct contact with the ground as a tribute to the enslaved individuals who once walked those very lands. Inside its walls, a remarkable collection of artwork and historical artifacts narrate the harrowing story of the Middle Passage, during which millions of Africans were forcibly transported across the Atlantic. The IAAM stands as a powerful testament to preserving and sharing this crucial chapter of history.

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