International African American Museum to hold public forum on programs Tuesday

The International African American Museum is holding a public forum Tuesday.

The International African American Museum is holding a public forum to seek input on the museum’s future programming from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Maritime Center at 10 Wharfside St.

The planned $75 million facility will be built on the site of the former Gadsden’s Wharf, where thousands of enslaved Africans who survived the Middle Passage stepped off slave ships onto the North American continent.

The forum is designed to solicit public input as the museum develops its program. Bernard Powers, a history professor at the College of Charleston, who serves as chairman of the museum’s program committee, will oversee the forum.

Ralph Appelbaum, the world-renowned museum exhibition and program designer who is a consultant on the project, also will be there. Appelbaum and his associates are the exhibition designers of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open on the Mall in Washington, D.C. next year. Appelbaum’s other credits include the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Newseum in Washington, the Clinton Presidential Center, Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, and most recently, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Canada.

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