Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

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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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  • Enlightened and sorrowed for the way people have been treated. I did not know the history of African American slaves in this country and the Transatlantic history of slavery. Excellent displays and.....  more
    Enlightened and sorrowed for the way people have been treated. I did not know the history of African American slaves in this country and the Transatlantic history of slavery. Excellent displays and.....  more »
  • The detailed information presented in the very location of slave auctions was enlightening. Though not many artifacts, the illustrated posters and information provides a detailed picture of slave... 
    The detailed information presented in the very location of slave auctions was enlightening. Though not many artifacts, the illustrated posters and information provides a detailed picture of slave...  more »
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  • Terribly sad visit but oh so necessary to understand past atrocities and their stain on our country's history. We've come along but have a ways to go to achieve true freedom for all. God bless Christina King Mitchell as she attempts to educate visitors to the museum.
  • Surreal standing in this place. This is apart of U.S. history, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Largest area at the time to trade slaves. The city is beautiful, however, it thrives to this day due to the people who were auctioned here. I wish more people knew about this place and willing to educate their children thoroughly on U.S history. Seek knowledge, it is long lasting. Knowledge does not stop here.

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