Officials to update SC black history museum

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Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Mayor Joe Riley and officials of the International African American Museum are planning to update reporters on the progress of the museum planned for Charleston.

The leaders have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday not far from the planned site of the museum near the South Carolina Aquarium. The size and cost of the current proposal are still being worked out and no date has been set to start construction.

A museum was first proposed a dozen years ago and at that time a 65,000-square-foot, $37 million facility was envisioned.

The first black slaves arrived in Charles Towne in 1670, the same year the Carolina colony was founded. In subsequent years, thousands of slaves would be brought to the city.

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