CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The donations to the International African-American History Museum continue to pile up including a half-million dollar donation.
Carolyn Hunter, an entrepreneur, has donated $500,000 to the museum.
Hunter graduated from community college and began working at McDonald's. She now owns three franchise locations of the fast food chain restaurant.
"Carolyn has become one of our community's great leaders," Former Charleston mayor and IAAM board member Joe Riley said. "She has made transformative investments in institutions like Trident Tech, where she established the Rachel Hunter Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of her mother. She also gives back to Charleston by serving on the boards of Trident Technical College Foundation, Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors, Trident United Way, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston. It is an honor to be counted among the organizations that Carolyn supports."
Hunter also owns C&A Unlimited Inc. The museum has previously received many donations in the five and six-figure range.
The Lilly Foundation donated $10 million in October.
Officials now believe the groundbreaking for the museum could potentially happen in late spring or early summer of 2018.