The Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

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An important part of Charleston's history, The 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 The 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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  • I visited the Old Slave Mart Museum on MLK Holiday witch was very awe inspiring on such a day of remembrance. The details and history of this very dark period of our nation is depicted very admirably ...  more »
  • Perhaps the most striking thing about this self-guided tour of the Museum, is listening to the recordings of some of the very last humans to be held in bondage, in the United States. Their first perso...  more »
  • This is one of the most moving and emotional museums we have ever been to. It was actually a slave marketplace. The shackles, etc., are on display. The voices of slaves (interviewed later in their liv...  more »
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  • Small, but cheap ($7), and definitely worth a stop. Good history on the not-so-great past of the alleys and back rooms of Charleston's slave trade. Learned a lot about the "monetary value" of humans in historic Charleston
  • Very well done museum inside of an old slave auction house. The exhibits upstairs are just as good. I think everyone should see it because we cantor forget what had happened.
  • Really powerful information about the economics of the slave trade and who was complicit. Shame that there is still apologists doing walking tours downplaying both Charleston's role in the slave market, and the slaves role in building Charleston.
  • Very interesting museum! Definitely learned alot that I didn't know before!
  • This experience was one of the greatest of my life time. You will leave with a different perspective of what you may know now.... Easy reading and spacious.