CHARLESTON, SC (AP/WCSC) - The City of Charleston has approved $12.5 million in funding for the International African American Museum, which will be built near an area where tens of thousands of slaves once arrived in the city.
The 42,300 square foot building will be built near the South Carolina Aquarium, and is estimated to cost $75 million. The museum will chronicle the story of the hundreds-of-thousands of slaves who came through Gadsden's Wharf along Charleston Harbor and their journey after emancipation.
Funding was approved Wednesday night, according to the Mayor's Office.
Mayor Joe Riley says money for the project will come from the city, county and state as well as private contributions.
Riley said the last decade has been spent in research to better tell the stories of blacks from the time they were brought from Africa as slaves to Charleston through the present day.
Construction will begin around the end of 2015, early 2016. The museum is expected to open in 2018.