Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

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History 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. Put Old Slave Mart Museum into our Charleston travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Charleston.
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  • It is a chilling thought to be in a building where such atrocities took place. History is important to study so such terrible mistakes won't be repeated. Taking the time to go through and read what th...  more »
  • This is a very informative and well presented in an authentic Slave Market site. There is an introduction by a moderator and then you are able to browse through the well done story boards.  more »
  • You don't see the Slave Mart. It used to be an open air space. Now it is a 2 story building with ratty carpeting on the floors and almost no artifacts. If you know almost nothing about slavery it is a...  more »
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  • A small but good museum, historically located in part of a market where slaves were actually bought and sold. The staff is very helpful, and there is much to learn here about out country's past, especially the southern US and it stance on slavery.
  • Very informative and powerful facility. But, and this is a small but, I think to stay in line with most museums which you have to pay to get into, it should at least include something more interactive.
  • There isn't much to this place as a physical location, but it's not really about that. Going here puts things into perspective. You will definitely learn some American history. It's a quick stop if you're in the area.
  • This museum has very little to show, it's simply a couple of rooms where they used to sell slaves. Now it's basically 2 empty spaces filled up with boards where you can read lots of informations​ about slavery... You could read that on internet too without bothering spending 10$.
  • Magnificent! It has a lot of history and well preserved! And a very important place to make us reflect about that terrible time of slavery. I totally recomend. And there are people ready to answer all you questions.