S.C. Museum to Commemorate Slave ‘Ellis Island’ Experience

Michael Boulware Moore, president and CEO of the International African American Museum, Former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., and Lonnie Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, view the architectural model of the International African American Museum in Charleston. Provided by the International African American Museum

By the time South Carolina celebrates its next Black History Month, construction of the historic International African American Museum should be underway.

The long-planned Charleston museum is slated to break ground this summer. Its opening is scheduled for 2020, focusing global attention on what was once the epicenter of the North American slave trade.

“It’s rare for a small city to be able to give such a gift to the entire nation,” said Michael Boulware Moore, president of the museum.

The museum had something of a fundraising boom in 2017, pulling in $14 million in private donations. That includes a record $10 million gift from the Lilly Foundation, among other large corporate and individual donations.

Museum officials say they are less than $6 million away from their $25 million private fundraising goal. That is a third of the museum’s estimated cost. The state of South Carolina already …

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