The International African American Museum (IAAM) today has announced a $250,000 leadership investment from AT&T. The contribution to the IAAM’s Founders Fund brings the museum one step closer to meeting its private fundraising goal.
“It is a great honor to have the support of AT&T,” said former Charleston Mayor and IAAM board member Joseph P. Riley, Jr., “a company that supports thousands of South Carolinians with quality jobs, long-term service, and impactful philanthropy – demonstrated once more through this generous support.”
In July, the IAAM unveiled the digital platform for the Center for Family History, a leading genealogical archive that will be housed in the museum. Using state-of-the-art technology and DNA testing, the Center will connect people with their pasts.
“We look forward to recognizing this contribution in a Center for Family History support room,” said Michael Boulware Moore, president and CEO of the IAAM. “AT&T has spent decades connecting South Carolinians through technology, and now, in the Center for Family History, it will help us connect countless visitors with their ancestors, countries of origin and even living relatives.”
The Center for Family History is one exciting and unique element of the IAAM, an institution that will detail hundreds of years of history, examine the African American experience through the lens of South Carolina, and celebrate diversity and inclusion. The IAAM will be built in Charleston on the former site of Gadsden’s Wharf, where nearly half of all enslaved Africans forced to America disembarked. The museum and memorial will call attention to this little-known history, honor those lives, and explore the countless contributions of African Americans to America and the world at large.
“AT&T believes in investing in its communities through meaningful philanthropy,” noted Pam Lackey, state president of AT&T South Carolina. “Our contribution to the IAAM will support not only Charleston and South Carolina, but our entire country for years to come. In addition to presenting the history that helped form this nation, it will show us how our differences make us collectively stronger – a core belief at AT&T.”