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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.
Old Slave Mart Museum reviews
I'm giving this museum 5 stars because I am still haunted by Mae - I hope her escape was life long. I still think about her alot and she symbolizes the cruelty of slavery. (See the advertisement...
I'm giving this museum 5 stars because I am still haunted by Mae - I hope her escape was life long. I still think about her alot and she symbolizes the cruelty of slavery. (See the advertisement... more »
They were closing when we got there but still got a great little history lesson about the building, city, and slave trade. It was very interesting and super nice of them to give us a few minutes of...
They were closing when we got there but still got a great little history lesson about the building, city, and slave trade. It was very interesting and super nice of them to give us a few minutes of... more »
Oh my gosh...can you say RUDE dude at the front desk. Gee whiz. If it wasn't on my list to see, I would have walked out. The museum has amazing history. Take the time to read all of the walls. There is SO much to read and it really is worth it. It's not things that were taught in school. My husband and I left there talking about several things we learned - made great conversation pieces. The building is 2 stories. The Old Slave Mart is a building located at 6 Chalmers Street in Charleston, South Carolina that once housed an antebellum slave auction gallery. Constructed in 1859, the building is believed to be the last extant slave auction facility in South Carolina.
Prices are worth it and the staff is very informative and kind. it was a great museum. I loved that it was built right at the auction spot I felt like my ancestors were there with me definitely recommend going
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