Update coming on black history museum in SC

July 15, 2014 Updated: July 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in Charleston are scheduled to provide an update on the $75 million International African-American Museum planned for the city where the Civil War began.

Mayor Joe Riley and other officials are to meet with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the project.

The project was first proposed 13 years ago. It is being planned for a site near the South Carolina Aquarium and not far from where tens of thousands of African slaves first set foot in the U.S.

Officials have said they hope construction could begin next year with the 42,000-square foot museum opening three years later.

The plan is for the museum to focus on telling the story of black Americans with the use of interactive displays and changing exhibits.

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