Charleston’s IAAM to help African-Americans push past the ‘1870 brick wall’


February 24, 2019 — Researching genealogy is easier than ever, particularly with DNA analysis and online archives, but many African-Americans still struggle with a lack of government records on their enslaved ancestors.

Among researchers, it’s known as “the 1870 Brick Wall.”

Helping African-Americans get around or over that wall has become a driving mission of Charleston’s emerging International African American Museum where its Center for Family History already is up and running with tutorials on the internet.

The center not only will help visitors with quick tips and advice to help them learn more about their ancestors but also will offer standing appointments for more substantive consultations.

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