[image-1]Another week, another major donation to the International African American Museum.

Following last week’s announcement that AT&T had pledged $250,000 to the museum, Wells Fargo has stepped up with a $500,000 contribution toward the construction of the International African American Museum. Having surpassed the halfway mark in their private funding goal, those tasked with making the museum a reality continue to work to secure the necessary funds.

“We are thrilled to support the International African American Museum and help bring this nationally significant institution to life,” said Wells Fargo Lowcountry Business Banking manager and Charleston market President Len Hutchison. “Our goal at Wells Fargo is to help build strong and vibrant communities, and the museum will contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community by providing a center of learning on one of the most sacred sites of African-American history.”

Set for construction at Gadsden’s Wharf, the museum will house the Center for Family History, where visitors can trace their ancestry with the aid of genealogy specialists. But before breaking ground, $25 million in private funds must be secured to go toward the museum’s estimated $75 million price tag. Another $25 million has been pledged to the museum from Charleston County and the City of Charleston, but additional state funding for the project has been put on hold until the private funding goal is met.

“This museum will not only be a historic and cultural institution, but a center of discovery and education,” said Michael Moore, IAAM President and CEO. “Our galleries will give guests opportunities to explore hundreds of years of history, our memorial gardens will provide a beautiful setting to contemplate those lessons, and the Center for Family History will provide a unique path into our visitors’ pasts.”