African American History Monument Commission

The African American History Monument Commission was established by Act 457 of 1996 to determine the design and location on the grounds of the State House a monument dedicated to the collective history of African-Americans in South Carolina. Since no state appropriations were to be provided for its construction, the Commission was empowered to create a tax-exempt nonprofit for the specific role of fundraising. All funds for the monument were gained through private donations from individuals and organizations. A secondary task of the Commission was to study the feasibility of establishing an African-American History Museum and report back to the State House Committee on its findings. The Commission ceased activity in 2001.