15 Years On, Museum Where Slaves Landed Taking Form

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A tranquil spot on the Cooper River in Charleston is a place of memory, much like New York's Ellis Island or Angel Island in San Francisco.

But those islands were beacons for millions who sought a better life in America. Gadsden's Wharf which once stood on Charleston's waterfront was where tens of thousands of African slaves brought against their wills first stepped foot in the United States.

For almost 15 years work has been underway on creating a museum to tell the story of those who arrived in chains - where they came from and what they did to help build America. Now the $75 million International African American Museum to be built on the site is more than a vision.




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