The power of resilience can be felt throughout the new International African-American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.
The $120 million project, which opened its doors this summer, is no ordinary tourist attraction. The museum is built on scarred and sacred ground: Gadsden’s Wharf, the arrival point for nearly half of all enslaved Africans shipped to the U.S.
“We were able to find this outline of what had been a building. And we believe it was one of the main storehouses,” said Malika Pryor, the museum’s chief learning and engagement officer. “We do know that captured Africans, once they were brought into the wharf, were often in many cases held in these storehouses awaiting their price to increase.”