The Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • This museum was not what I expected. I thought it would have lots of artifact such as chains and yokes, but it did not. What it did have were lots of pictures and written information. It also included...  read more »
  • A visit to the slave museum was interesting and at the same time upsetting. Listening to the tour guide discuss families being bought and sold and broken up was disheartening. Important visit for all. 
  • As I walked through reading the slaves stories, I felt so many difference emotions and cried learning that families were often split up and hu the abuse suffered until slves were freed. I felt like I ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great stop...helpful guides with a wealth of information. Excellent
  • Lovely historical site. Very humbling and inspiring for young black people.
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