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The TD Charitable Foundation and the International African American Museum (IAAM) Help Families Discover Their Roots

Eighty percent of African Americans can trace part of their ancestry back to the historical site of the museum in South Carolina.

Feb 16, 2017

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® has provided $250,000 to the International African American Museum's Center for Family History, where African Americans will have the opportunity to identify their ancestry through genealogy testing and census research.

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The museum, slated to be built in fall of 2019, will be located at the historical site of Gadsden's Wharf on the Cooper River in Charleston, S.C. The majority of African Americans can trace their family history back to this spot.

At the Center for Family History, Genealogists and historians will be on site to research census databases to find family records and bill of sale receipts for visitors interested in learning about their journey.

"The museum is extremely grateful for the TD Charitable Foundation's investment in this project," said IAAM CEO Michael Boulware Moore. "Their meaningful contribution provides us with an opportunity to build a bridge for so many who have been eager to learn more about their family's ancestry."

TD's partnership with the IAAM's Center for Family History highlights the importance of connecting and empowering people to know who they are and where they come from.

"One way we can support our community is in knowing our shared history," said David Lominack, South Carolina Market President, TD Bank. "Diversity isn't about what makes us different, it's about what makes us stronger.  The Center for Family History will inspire us to embrace who we are, and encourage us to be proud of our heritage and our journey."

To learn more about the International African American Museum, please visit https://iaamuseum.org/.

A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

About the TD Charitable Foundation  
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to support individuals, families and businesses in the communities TD Bank serves, The Foundation has made more than $167.3 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002 primarily in the areas of affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank® 
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

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About the IAAM: 
The International African American Museum (IAAM) at Gadsden's Wharf will be a unique center of learning where individuals, families, and groups will advance their understanding and appreciation of American History, particularly the role of African Americans in creating the country known today. Standing at the primary site of enslaved Africans' entry into North America, IAAM at Gadsden's Wharf will afford a distinct opportunity to convey the shared and individual journeys of African Americans as part of the American narrative.

  • IAAM at Gadsden's Wharf will include immersive, interactive exhibits, and multimedia experiences for visitors of all ages. There will be an active changing exhibit program highlighting such subjects as the Gullah Geechee Community; African Origins; African American Spiritual, Music, and Food Ways; African American Literature; and The Era of Jim Crow. There will also be family gatherings, music and dance programs, public lectures, readings, and a variety of other learning opportunities for audiences of all ages.
  • IAAM at Gadsden's wharf will include a "Family History Center" where individuals and families will advance the exploration of their own personal histories through DNA testing and analysis and research assisted by family history counselors.
  • IAAM at Gadsden's Wharf will be a gateway to historic sites in South Carolina's Lowcountry important to African American History including Magnolia Planation, Middleton Gardens, The Avery Center, The Penn Center, Aiken Rhett House, and the Slave Market Museum.
  • IAAM at Gadsden's Wharf will be a national and international resource and a significant addition to the cultural, educational, and economic assets of Charleston, the Lowcountry, and South Carolina.

 

SOURCE TD Charitable Foundation

For further information: Media Contacts: Manokia Musonge, Office: 856-813-4203, Manokia.Musonge@td.com, or, Kion Sanders, Office: 843.259.0751, Press@iaamuseum.org

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