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International African American Museum Supported by Blackbaud!

“We’re investing in International African American Museum (@IAAMuseum) because we believe all people deserve the opportunity to know their heritage.” Stated Mike Gianoni of Blackbaud as they donated $1 Million to the International African American Museum (IAAM) which is to be built at Gasden’s Wharf along the Charleston Harbor.

The site of the coming museum is also the location of the Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™’s “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” each time that the festival takes place in Charleston, SC.

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De Gullah/Geechee International Story in Charleston From Reconstruction to Construction

I have walked along this area and sat along the harbor numerous times especially over the decade that we have held the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” a short walk away at the Charleston Maritime Center. The center and the plot where the International African American Museum (IAAM) will go are just down the harbor from where we were standing recalling our past connection. I had no idea that the day would come when we would not just look into the past, but also look to the future together. However, that time has now come given that Brother Michael Moore is now the first president and CEO of IAAM (@IAAMuseum).

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The Movement for the American Beach Museum on the Sands of Amelia Island

by Glenda Simmons-Jenkins The team that put the American Beach Museum project in motion has watched it progress through starts and stops to a completed product. Eve Jones had a front-row seat in the process. But she wasn’t sitting down. The Nassau County native grew up in Callahan and lived most of her adult life …

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American Beach: The Economics of Representation during Segregation

American Beach lies on Amelia Island in the Florida area of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  This beach opened in 1935 during the segregation era in America and became a haven for all classes of Black people to be able to gather together and enjoy one another.  The businesses along the boardwalk where all Black owned.  Today, …

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Gullah/Geechee Sacred Ancestor’s Vision Comes to Life with the Opening of American Beach Museum

Story and Photos by Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins       The A. L. Lewis Historical Society has announced that the American Beach Museum will observe its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at American Beach in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Some of those who nurtured the museum from its inception, and labored to see it become …

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Esau Jenkins Bus Goes to Washington, DC!

Jayn we fa  “Love is Progress, Hate is Expensive” : The Esau Jenkins Bus Send-off Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 4 PM until 6 PM Corner of Calhoun and Concord Streets, across from the SC Aquarium Charleston, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation FREE to the public On Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM on …

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International African American Museum (IAAM): An Institution of Living Legacy

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation For over 10 years, I have been blessed to embrace a powerful group of people in Charleston, SC as my ancestors also embraced me and held me even closer in that city than they ever had before.   When I walked along the cobble stone street into …

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