International African-American Museum announces $600K donation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The International African-American History Museum says it has received a $600,000 commitment from Bank of America.

Organizers made the announcement Friday afternoon.

"We are incredibly honored to have the support of Bank of America, an American institution that has served our country for more than two centuries," museum President and CEO Michael Boulware Moore said. "We are proud that it will join us in illuminating vital chapters of our nation's past."

"Heritage isn't just about history. It's about people and their stories that shape who we are, tell where we've been and show where we're going," Charleston market president for Bank of America Mark Munn said. "We're stronger when we connect our diverse backgrounds and perspectives. It's why we're proud to support the International African American Museum and committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within our company and in the communities we serve."

With this latest donation, the museum has about $5 million left to raise to meet its Founders Fund goal.

The museum is scheduled to break ground in the summer of 2018 and be finished by 2020.

The museum will be located at Gadsden's Warf where nearly half of the enslaved Africans who came ashore in North America disembarked.

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