"Old Slave Mart Museum" Charleston Things to Do Tip by VeronicaG

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  Old Slave Mart Museum
by VeronicaG

This is a part of Charleston's history that is unsavory, but important to mention. In the mid-1800's traders came to this mart to buy and sell enslaved blacks.

This interstate trade brought wealth to Charleston, South Carolina and the entire region.

However, at a later point in history slaves could only be traded or sold locally and it was not permitted to import them. Considering that South Carolina offered Rice*, Cotton and Indigo to trade or sell, cheap man power was a necessity.

Although our walking tour brought us to the Old Slave Mart Museum, we did not get to go inside. If you are interested in black history it could be a very informative visit!

*Middleton, was a good example of a successful rice plantation (see earlier tip).

**Hours are Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm; Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and NY Day. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors 60 up and Youth 5-17; Children under 5 free.

Address: 6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC
Phone: 843-958-6467

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 11, 2010
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