Black history museum to be sited on historic wharf

(Ava Wilhite/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) -- Officials in Charleston gave an update on the $75 million International African-American Museum planned for the city where the Civil War began.

Mayor Joe Riley and other officials met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the project.

The project was first proposed 13 years ago. It is being planned for a site near the South Carolina Aquarium and not far from where tens of thousands of African slaves first set foot in the U.S.

Officials have said they hope construction could begin next year with the 42,000-square-foot museum opening three years later.

The plan is for the museum to focus on telling the story of black Americans with the use of interactive displays and changing exhibits.

The city will take in bids from the Moody Nolan architecture firm of Columbus, Ohio.

To learn more about the IAAM, click here.

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