Plans for the museum were first publicly announced by the former Mayor of Charleston, Joseph P. ライリー, ジュニア, に 2000. “Our journey has been long because it took time to secure the optimal site,” the former mayor said in a statement.
ライリーは言った, “it took time to raise the resources, assemble the team, and plan every detail that would enhance the experience of being here. And it took time because we have been committed to excellence.”
The museum will include nine exhibition galleries, と “African Ancestors Memorial Garden” on the ground floor that will have a clear view of the ocean.
Charleston is often mentioned as one of the top cities in the world to visit for its beauty
, grand homes
, food and its legendary Southern charm
, but like many cities in the South
, it is haunted by slavery
. に 2018, the city apologized for its role on the slave trade
より多い 48% of all African slaves who came to the United States entered through Charleston, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard professor and historian said in a release from the museum.
“そう, for blackness, black culture, the African experience, the African American experience, 奴隷制 — however you want to slice it — this is ground zero,” said Gates.
In addition to the memorial and galleries, the museum will include a large genealogy library allowing African American ancestry research. ゲイツ, who is also known for his popular PBS series on ancestry, “Finding Your Roots,” helped shape the museum’s Center for Family History.
Gates is among the dozens of advisory board members, which include US Rep. ジェームズ・クライバーン, actress Phylicia Rashad and Lonnie Bunch, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s founding director.
近年では, other Southern cities have begun the process of reckoning with past sins of lynching and Jim Crow-era segregation.
に 2018, the first monument in the United States honoring the victims of lynching opened in Montgomery, アラバマ. The Equal Justice Initiative dedicated the monument — The National Memorial for Peace and Justice — to the legacy of enslaved Black people, “African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.”