The Charleston World Heritage Coalition is eager to announce its partnership with the International African American Museum (IAAM). This week, IAAM chairman Wilbur E. Johnson and former mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., chair of the IAAM Construction Committee, signed an agreement with CWHC Chairman Stephen J. Ziff to assist and support one another in achieving their similar missions.
The mission of the IAAM is to “communicate the largely overlooked history of African Americans in the Lowcountry, South Carolina, and explain how this population impacted the nation…to re-center South Carolina’s place in global history, illuminating its pivotal role in the development of the international slave trade and Civil War.” The museum will be constructed on the site of Gadsden’s Wharf, one of Charleston’s most significant slave trade landings and one of CWHC’s highlighted properties. A UNESCO World Heritage listing of Gadsden’s Wharf and other Charleston sites related to the plantation culture, which is the mission of the CWHC, will further the global exposure of the African-American history in the United States exponentially.
Together, the organizations plan to showcase Charleston and South Carolina’s history on a world history platform by commemorating the significant role of slaves in the development of our nation. For more information on the IAAM, please visit http://iaamuseum.org.
The Charleston World Heritage Coalition (CWHC) is a non-profit organization established in 2012 and funded by the City of Charleston, Historic Charleston Foundation and many others to nominate historic sites representative of the Charleston plantation culture as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the highest cultural and historical designation bestowed on a place or landscape. Over 300 local businesses have signed on as Coalition members (free) in support of the project. Join the movement today: www.charlestonworldheritage.org/support-2/