Charleston's African-American Heritage



International African American Museum




IAAM is a new museum of African American history and identity. It will communicate the largely overlooked history of African Americans in the Lowcountry, South Carolina, and explain how this population impacted the nation.



IAAM aims to re-center South Carolina’s place in global history, illuminating its pivotal role in the development of the international slave trade and the Civil War. The museum will connect visitors to their ancestors, demonstrating how enslaved Africans and free blacks shaped economic, political, and cultural development in the nation and beyond. Film, documents, and digital archives further aid visitors in placing the story of African arrival in historical context.

As a partner for other research organizations, IAAM will serve as hub for regional heritage, sending visitors out across Charleston and South Carolina to access additional African American sites and experiences.