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An artists' rendering of the International African American Museum to be built in Charleston, SC. An artists' rendering of the International African American Museum to be built in Charleston, SC.
CHARLESTON, SC -

A $75 million International African American Museum is now planned for Charleston near the point where tens of thousands of slaves once arrived in the city.

Mayor Joe Riley and museum organizers announced Wednesday the latest plans for the museum first proposed a decade ago.

Riley said money for the project will come from the city, county and state as well as contributions. The building will be built near the South Carolina Aquarium.

When the museum was first proposed, a larger, but less expensive, $37 million facility was envisioned.

Riley said the last decade has been spent in research to better tell the stories of blacks from the time they were brought from Africa as slaves to Charleston through the present day.

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