A proposed $75 million African-American museum to be located in Charleston got a big boost this week when aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced a $500,000 donation.
Boeing’s contribution will be used to support the creation of the Family Heritage Center associated with the International African American Museum.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley Jr. discussed the donation Wednesday. “This generous gift from Boeing takes us one step closer to the International African American Museum,” he said in a press conference. “This museum will be a gift to our country and a source of immense pride for the citizens of South Carolina.”
This is Boeing’s second donation to the museum. Riley said the $750,000 in total donations from the Chicago-based aerospace corporation will be a catalyst that can be used to leverage more donations from other groups in the future.
“The people of South Carolina have embraced us with open arms and we want to give back,”Boeing South Carolina Vice President and GM Beverly Wyse said in a statement. “This contribution is significant to the cultural development and historical preservation of this area.”
Construction is expected to begin in 2017 at Gadsden Wharf, the dock site where thousands of Africans were once brought to the U.S. on slaving ships.
Kimberly Washington contributed to this report