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Charleston Sights

Old Slave Mart Museum

  • 6 Chalmers St. Map It
  • Museum/Gallery
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 09/24/2012

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This is likely the only building still in existence in South Carolina that was used for slave auctioning, a practice that ended here in 1863. It was once part of a complex called Ryan's Mart, which also contained a slave jail, kitchen, and morgue. It is now a museum that recounts the history of Charleston's role in the slave trade, an unpleasant story but one that is vital to understand. Charleston once served as the center of commercial activity for the South's plantation

economy, and slaves were the primary source of labor both within the city and on the surrounding plantations. Galleries are outfitted with some interactive exhibits, including push buttons that allow you to hear voices relating stories from the age of slavery. The museum is on one of the few remaining cobblestone streets in town.

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6 Chalmers St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, USA

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  • $7
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–5

Updated 09/24/2012


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