Downtown Charleston, SC (WCBD)- Today, 2020 presidential candidate, Julian Castro, visited the Charleston to tour the site for the International African American Museum. This is his first visit to South Carolina since declaring his candidacy for president.
The International African American Museum will break ground in August 2019 at Gadsden’s Wharf, in Downtown, Charleston.
On the tour, former U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Julian Castro (D), learned the very important history of the site for the International African American Museum. The site for the museum was the port of arrival for nearly half of all Africans forced into North America.
The President & CEO of the International African American Museum, Michael B. Moore, led Secretary Castro around the site grounds, describing what the finished project will look like. Once completed, the museum will be surrounded by memorial gardens to commemorate and honor African ancestors who entered America through Charleston by way of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. On the inside of the museum will be exhibits dedicated to the history of Gullah Geechee, slavery in the Lowcountry, and regions of origin in Africa.
Secretary Julian Castro made a couple other stops around the Lowcountry on his visit. He attended a worship service a Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and a meet-and-greet at Howard’s Barber Shop in Goose Creek.
At the site of the International African American Museum, he says that he is very happy to be here.
Secretary Julian Castro says, “I am happy to be here and hear about the great plans for the International African American Museum, that’s coming up in 2021. It is very meaningful to take a moment and think about the history of this place and how much it meant to our country.”
The International African American Museum is in the final fundraising phases but will break ground this August.