The International African American Museum (IAAM) has released additional details for opening week events, including a worship service on June 22 and a dedication ceremony community gathering on June 24.
“We’re thrilled to welcome community members, visitors, and dignitaries from far and wide to the grand opening of the International African American Museum. We have waited a long time for this moment – we have many to thank and much to celebrate,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of IAAM. “It’s exciting to invite the community to join us for this historic moment. We’re preparing to open our doors with music, food, poetry, incredible visuals and words of wisdom – and to truly celebrate African American culture and its connection to and influence on the world.”
The festivities will begin with an opening worship service on Thursday, June 22, at Morris Brown AME Church. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. The multi-faith celebration of IAAM’s opening will help build community, reflect on the work that led to the museum’s opening, and to celebrate the long history of the African American people and their culture, which is woven into the fabric of the museum. Registration is free but required for this event.
Then on Saturday, June 24, a dedication ceremony community watch event in Marion Square will bring visitors and members of the community together for a live simulcast of the ceremonies and presentations taking place at the museum and on-site at Marion Square. Presented by Boeing, the watch celebration will include live performances from the African American Songbook featuring a 12-piece band, local and big-name musicians and artists, and refreshments from Black-owned food trucks. Explore Charleston will host a Mobile Visitor Center and hospitality tent to provide guests with visitor guides, recommend activities around the Charleston area, and local swag.