Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
An important part of Charleston's history, Old Slave Mart Museum represents one of the few remaining buildings once used for securing slave labor. Constructed in 1859, this antebellum auction gallery originally formed part of a much larger slave market taking up an enclosed lot between two major streets. Established by a local sheriff after a ban on public slave auctions, the private market operated until the Union forces occupied Charleston and closed the operation in 1865. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the building now offers visitors a chance to learn about the city's role in the inter-state slave trade through a presentation of individual slave sales that took place here. Make Old Slave Mart Museum a centerpiece of your Charleston vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Charleston trip builder app.
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  • It was a real eye opener, people that worked there were really awesome on explaining things. If you have time I would definitely check this place out and see the history in this building.  more »
  • Great staff and information. The employee that tenders your tickets will tell you a bit about the location/museum before you begin which was really important to the experience. Extremely moving and...  more »
  • If I did not do anything else on this trip the museum made the entire trip worth it. I was sad, angry and enlightened all at the same time. The gentleman who runs the place gave us so much insight and additional knowledge. The best part is my son's ❤️ learned a lot as well. The place is small but jam packed with a lot of stuff!
  • A wonderful place to take in some knowledge and understanding of some of America's history. George Washington actually stood in one of the rooms that you tour. A wonderful learning opportunity for young and old alike. Beautiful architecture though it is a bit pricey.

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