The International African American Museum has announced plans for a public community dedication ceremony celebration in Marion Square beginning at 10 a.m. on June 24. The event will bring visitors, community members and celebrities together for a live simulcast of the private dedication ceremony taking place at the museum site that morning.

Charlamagne tha God, national radio host of The Breakfast Club and a South Carolina native, will emcee the gathering in Marion Square, which will feature remarks from Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and performances from local and regional talent like former Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker, Charleston-based DJ SCrib, Grammy Award-winning Ranky Tanky and more.

Marion Square will also be host to the Barbados Genealogy Marketplace, which will highlight the multicultural backgrounds of Barbadians by way of food, games, documentaries and more and honor the long-established connection between Barbados and South Carolina, while giving guests the opportunity to research their ancestral family line. Food and refreshments will be provided by Black-owned food trucks.

The event is free and open to the public.

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