(L to R): Joseph P. Riley, Jr., IAAM Board Member and former Charleston Mayor; Torrence Robinson, Fluor's Senior Director of Global Community Affairs and President of the Fluor Foundation; Michael Boulware Moore, IAAM President and CEO; and Brenda Tindal, IAAM Director of Education and Engagement.
The Fluor Foundation, Fluor's philanthropic arm, has donated $500,000 to the International African American Museum (IAAM) in Charleston, S.C.
“Fluor values diversity and has always prioritized education,” said Torrence Robinson, president of the Fluor Foundation and Fluor's senior director of Global Community Affairs. "The IAAM's function as a center of learning and serving students, not only in South Carolina but across the nation through digital engagement, aligned perfectly with our objectives. We look forward to watching this institution come to fruition and educate students for years to come.”
Fluor's investment will be recognized in the African Roots Gallery, which situates Africa and Africans as central to the overarching narrative of the IAAM. Focusing on major regions in the Upper Guinea Coast and West Central Africa, and the diverse ethnicities within these regions that represent the origins of African ancestors in North America, the exhibit will give visitors a picture of the cultures, knowledge and technologies that Africans from these regions brought to the Americas.
The IAAM will present history and culture, commemorate and celebrate the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America, and highlight their diasporic connections around the world. It will include immersive, interactive exhibits engaging to all ages and feature the Center for Family History, a leading genealogy archive that will help visitors identify their individual threads in the complex tapestry of history.