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Columbia Business Monthly: Year of Triumph

Below is an excerpt from the Columbia Business Monthly:

The museum will also host special programming from Juneteenth to the anniversary to celebrate its present and future success.

The programming includes:

J.O.Y. Juneteenth on the Yard: On June 19, IAAM Public Historian Brandon Reid will host this celebration beginning at noon, featuring local hip-hop sensation Benny Starr, a live DJ, food, and storyteller Julian Gooding. Reid will also be joined by Charleston influencer Alicia Brooks, starting at noon onsite in the museum’s West Yard, 14 Wharfside Street, Charleston, S.C., 29401.

June 20: The celebration continues with IAAM’s Anniversary Jubilee Soirée, the museum’s annual signature fundraiser. It’s an evening with eminent artist Jonathan Green, as well as Lowcountry stars Virginia Stokes-Watson, Cookie Washington, Chef BJ Dennis and Chef Bintou N’Daw. The event, whereby proceeds will benefit the museum’s local outreach, begins at 6:00 p.m., onsite.

June 23: IAAM’s Faith Based Department will partner with Lowcountry Juneteenth Week to honor eight community heroes who have tirelessly worked for humanity’s betterment and to uphold the legacy of freedom and empowerment. This black-tie affair will begin onsite at the museum at 7:00 p.m.

June 25: IAAM’s Center for Family History will hold its Genealogy 101 workshop at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., onsite at workshops are in the Center for Family History Conference room. The workshops will guide visitors through the essential steps to start their genealogy journey, unraveling their families’ pasts using proven research methods, online databases, and traditional archives.

June 27: The final special program occurs on the museum’s anniversary, Thursday, June 27, with the debut of “Salon Marronage,” a new series of discussions hosted by IAAM President and CEO Dr. Tonya Matthews. The first session, onsite at 6:00 p.m., features Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He and Matthews will discuss the crucial role museums play in preserving and telling authentic stories.

“As we celebrate the museum’s first anniversary, let us remember that our journey is not measured in years but in the lives we touch and the stories we share,” Matthews said. “We will continue to weave a tapestry of strength, wisdom and hope for future generations.”

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