Mayor Riley hopes to raise $75 million for IAAM by January

VIDEO: Plans for International African-American Museum to include Emanuel 9 tribute

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor Joe Riley wants to raise $75 million by January for the International African American Museum.

He wants that amount either pledged or raise by the time he leaves office.

Right now, $25 million will come from the city or county, another $25 million will come from the state, and the last $25 million will come from private donations.

Riley said his goal is to get a confirmed commitment from lawmakers, and complete the amount with the private donors.

Additionally, the museum will have a specific exhibit for the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church.

Riley said it will showcase the support from the community towards the historic church following the shooting on June 17.

"It's been a positive response coming from members of Mother Emanuel A.M.E.," Riley said Monday.

Riley said the church has played a significant role in the history of African Americans, and the recent tragedy only adds to the long history here in Charleston.

The museum is expected to be built on the site of the former Gadsden's Wharf on the Cooper River.

Construction should begin by January of 2017.

Copyright 2015 WCSC. Al rights reserved.