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LOCATION USA

ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery

OPENING YEAR 2021*

BUDGET $100,000,000*

SUMMARY

It is likely that all African Americans can trace an ancestor who arrived in the USA through Charleston. The International African American Museum will be constructed on Gadsden’s Wharf, the point of entry to America for a significant portion of enslaved Africans transported here during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. More than just a museum, the IAAM will be a site of memory. It will demonstrate how enslaved Africans and free blacks shaped economic, political, and cultural development in the nation and beyond. Film, documents, and digital archives will further aid visitors in placing the story of African arrival in historical context. Designed by Moody Nolan and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the building will be a subdued, modernist, 47,000-square-foot pavilion raised above the ground on thick columns clad in precast oyster-shell tabby. In August 2019 the museum started initial site work after more than $90 million had been raised for the project. An official groundbreaking is slated for October, 2019. A further $4.3 million is currently being raised to cover any potential rise in costs in creating exhibits and furnishing the museum. Including funds for the museum’s endowment, project organisers have now raised more than $100 million for the museum. (Updated 27 August, 2019)

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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

CONTACTS

International African American Museum

PO Box 22761
Charleston, South Carolina 29413
USA


Bernard Powers
Interim CEO
+1 843 872 5352
bpowers@iaamuseum.org

Carlos Guzman-Gonzalez
Development Assistant
+1 843 872 5352
cjguzman@iaamuseum.org

Joy Bivins
Chief Curator
+1 843 872 5352
jbivins@iaamuseum.org

Elijah Hayward
Chief Operating Officer
+1 843 872 5352
eheyward@iaamuseum.org

Hood Design Studio

3016 Filbert St # 2
Oakland, California 94608
USA

+1 510 595 0688
Walter Hood
Creative Director

Brownstone

4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 202
North Charleston, South Carolina 29405
USA

+1 843 973 8660
Dale Collier
President and CEO

Moody Nolan

One Atlantic Center
1201 W Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
USA

+1 470 480 7590
Linda Nunnelly
Senior Associate/Regional Director Atlanta

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

88 Pine Street
New York, New York 10005 USA

+1 212 751 3122