African American Museum to Be Built Where Slaves First Touches US Soil

Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced Tuesday that the museum will be built near where a wharf once stood in the South Carolina city where the Civil War began.

During the late 1770s and early 1800s, tens of thousands of slaves crossed the wharf entering the nation. Riley says there is no better site for the museum. The location is on the waterfront, just down and across the street from the original site planned for the museum; which was originally announced 13 years ago.

Riley says construction on the 42,000 sq ft museum could begin in early 2016 and finish in 2018.

Taken from article on Huffington Post.