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Museum to be Built Where Slaves Landed in US

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., center, announces that a $75 million International African American Museum will be built at the site of a wharf in Charleston,  (AP Photo / Bruce Smith)

(AURN/AP) - Organizers say a $75 million International African-American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced Tuesday that the museum will be built near where a wharf once stood in the South Carolina city where the Civil War began.

During the late 1770s and early 1800s, tens of thousands of slaves crossed the wharf entering the nation. Riley says there is no better site for the museum. The location is on the waterfront, just down and across the street from the original site planned for the museum. The project was first announced 13 years ago. 

Riley says construction on the 42,000-square-foot museum could begin in early 2016 with completion in 2018.

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