On October 25, 2019, a groundbreaking celebration for the International African American Museum was enjoyed by more than 850 guests, as well as more than 10,000 people via live-stream. The museum is expected to open its door late 2021. 

The theme for the occasion was “Illuminating the African American Journey.” The IAAM will illuminate the story of the journey of enslaved Africans who were taken from West Africa, entered North America in Charleston SC, endured hardship and cruelty, and then contributed so significantly to the greatness of America. The museum and memorial garden will honor the site where enslaved Africans arrived and thousands died, tell of important narratives that have been overlooked in most history books, and promote compassion and empathy across all races and ethnicities.

For more information, visit www.iaamuseum.org

About the IAAM:

This is the Story of a Journey

The International African American Museum tells the story of a journey that began more than 300 years ago when enslaved Africans were first taken from West Africa to our young nation.  Almost half of them arrived at a single port: Charleston, SC.  Gadsden’s Wharf was the primary point of arrival.  It is the site for this museum that will tell the story of this journey: the passage, cruelty, hardship, joy, and achievement.  A Center for Family History will enable visitors to trace their genealogy.  A comprehensive education program will provide life-long learning, and there will be changing exhibitions and special events throughout the year.


Posted November 19, 2019