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The International African American Museum (IAAM), slated to open in 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina, will commemorate and celebrate the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America and highlight their diasporic connections around the world.
Lilly Endowment contributed a $10 million grant to the $100 million project to support design and construction, to create an endowment that supports ongoing research and programming related to religion and spirituality and to fund the museum’s inaugural temporary exhibit. IAAM will include immersive, interactive exhibits for all ages, calling attention to the music, religion, language, foods, art and other contributions of the Africans who landed there and their descendants.
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