On June 1, 2016 Blackbaud announced a $1 million gift to the International African American Museum (IAAM), which will be built on Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf.
Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans have an ancestor who arrived in America through Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and it is estimated that 80 percent of African-Americans have ancestral roots through the port of Charleston. Under the leadership of President and CEO Michael B. Moore, great-great grandson of Robert Smalls, IAAM will be a new museum of African-American history that aims to re-center South Carolina’s place in global history and honor the largely overlooked history of the African-American community. The museum will connect visitors to their ancestors, demonstrating how enslaved Africans and free blacks shaped economic, political, and cultural development in the nation and beyond.
Michael B. Moore, President and CEO of IAAM says “We’re overwhelmed by Blackbaud’s generosity and enthusiasm; especially the employees who are already rolling up their sleeves to help by sharing best practices of the arts and culture community, helping us leverage the full power of technology to create a special experience for visitors, and offering support through volunteerism.”
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UPDATE: On June 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International African American Museum (IAAM) President and CEO, Michael B. Moore, along with the IAAM Board of Directors proudly welcomes Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni as he joins them in leading the effort to build a world-class museum on Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf. Read More >