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(AURN) -- At the site where tens of thousands of African slaves landed in Charleston, South Carolina many decades ago, are plans to build a $75-million International African-American Museum.
In making the announcement, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said the time is right to ramp up pursuit of the much-needed public and private dollars to construct the museum.
“Everyone understand the time has come,” Riley said during the press conference on October 23, 2013.
Records show 40 percent of all enslaved Africans who came to North America entered through the port of Charleston.
Of the museum's theme, Riley said, “Africans coming here, and African-Americans shaping our country, this is of course a national story.” Construction is to begin in 2 years.
During a press conference IAAM Board Chairman Wilbur Johnson said, “One thing that all of us board members understand profoundly is that in many ways, Charleston was the gateway to American history”
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