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ATTRACTION TYPE Museum/gallery


BUDGET $100,000,000*


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


International African American Museum

113 Calhoun Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

James Bartlett
Interim Chief Curator
+1 843 872 5352

Bernice Chu
Head of Museum Planning and Operations
+1 843 872 5352

Tonya Matthews
Chief Executive Officer
+1 843 872 5352

Hood Design Studio

3016 Filbert St # 2
Oakland, California 94608

+1 510 595 0688
Walter Hood
Creative Director


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

+1 843 973 8660
Dale Collier
President and CEO

Moody Nolan

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

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

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

88 Pine Street
New York, New York 10005

+1 212 334 8200
Ralph Appelbaum

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

88 Pine Street
New York, New York 10005 USA

+1 212 751 3122

Turner Construction Company

4601 Park Road, Suite 601
Charlotte, NC 28209

+1 704 554 1001
Mark Dent
Vice President & General Manager