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