DIHS Members Get Behind the Scenes Tour of IAAM Grounds

Posted By Bill Payer on Jul 31, 2022 | 0 comments

Even though DIHS doesn’t hold monthly programs during the Summer months we’ve been very busy fulfilling our pledge to provide special experiences for our members….the folks whose dues keep our organization vital.

The latest example of this was a group of members who got a very special look at the exterior grounds and even a sneak peak at some of the interiors of the not yet opened International African American Museum in downtown Charleston.

DIHS Secretary Kim Sermersheim, a charter member of the IAAM, put together the tour which was conducted by Vereene Parnell of the Museum’s staff. To see Vereene’s biography, CLICK HERE.

Our guide, Vereene Parnell, pointed out the inspiration behind the designs on the grounds – from the tabby used to create the massive pillars that the structure sits on, representing the lives of the enslaved and their workmanship, the ethno-botanical gardens that include plantings both from the Lowcountry and from Africa, an infinity pool representing those who made “The Middle Passage”across the Atlantic, and much more. 

Special thanks to Beth Bush for the photos of this terrific event!

Do you want to be eligible for these “members only” events? DIHS would love for your to join our group. CLICK HERE. It’s easy!


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