Charleston County approves $12.5 million for the International African American Museum
Charleston County Council gave the final nod Tuesday to a $12.5 million contribution to the International African American Museum.
Council approved the money with an 6-1 vote. It will come from the county’s accommodations tax, a 2 percent tax on hotel rooms.
Council member Joe Qualey was opposed. Vic Rawl and Elliott Summey did not attend the meeting.
The 42,300-square-foot building is scheduled to go on land across from the S.C. Aquarium that’s adjacent to the parking garage that supports the various tourist sites on the Cooper River. But the building funds still are far from being in hand.
The city of Charleston also has approved a $12.5 million contribution.
For the project to move forward as planned, the S.C. General Assembly would have to contribute $25 million, and the remaining $25 million would have to be raised from private donations.