The International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston received a significant donation last week, moving the future museum closer to its construction goal.
The Fluor Foundation, which act as the construction and maintenance company’s charitable arm, announced a $500,000 donation Friday.
“Fluor values diversity and has always prioritized education,” the foundation’s president Torrence Robinson said in a release. “The IAAM’s function as a center of learning and serving students, not only in South Carolina but across the nation through digital engagement, aligned perfectly with our objectives. We look forward to watching this institution come to fruition and educate students for years to come.”
The donation puts the IAAM’s fundraising goal to less than $1 million.
Former Charleston mayor and current IAAM board member Joe Riley added in the announcement, “Fluor’s deep roots in South Carolina and its dual goals of supporting education and diversity are a natural fit with our institution. It is so meaningful to find partners whose history and philanthropic interests dovetail so well with the International African American Museum.”
Nearly half of all enslaved Africans forced to America through the Transatlantic Slave Trade
came through Charleston. The vast majority disembarked at Gadsden’s Wharf, which is slated as the museum’s future home.
The IAAM, a museum memorial, and site of conscience will present unvarnished history and culture, commemorate and
celebrate the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America, and highlight their diasporic connections around the world.
It will include immersive interactive exhibits engaging to all ages and feature the Center for Family History, a leading genealogy archive that will help visitors identify their individual threads in the complex tapestry.