“The History of inter-state slave trade”
The Old Slave Mart Museum, located at 6 Chalmers Street, recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here. The 1808 ban on the United States' participation in the international slave trade led to a renewed demand for slave labor, which was satisfied, in part, by the creation of a domestic slave-trading system in which Charleston functioned as a major slave collecting and reselling center. The Old Slave Mart Museum, located at 6 Chalmers Street, recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here.
If you don't like to read, or aren't that interested in history, don't come here. I hate to see people give bad reviews just because they aren't truly interested in a subject. I had this on my must see list for my vacation. Going in I thought I knew about slavery. I was wrong. My husband took a course in college and he knew what we were about to experience. What we learn in school is just glazed over bits. If you want to know what's it's really like this the spot to go. It is a lot of reading, but that's really the only way to understand what happened. The downstairs exhibit showcases slavery, and what it was like to be sold. Upstairs was supposed to highlight African slave culture and what it was like after slavery. There really was no corilation between the downstairs and upstairs exhibits. It lost me, it felt like they were trying to utilize the space and didn't have enough info.
My wife and I are museum junkies. We see a museum and if it’s remotely related to something we’re interested in, we have to visit. And there we were, stumbling our way through Charleston and we happened upon the Old Slave Mart Museum. It’s located in this amazing old building that was, aptly, the old slave mart. Inside, the museum documents the plight of slaves in the South and has a few pretty interesting artifacts from the time. However, the price of entry was a little steep for a pretty short musuem that only took about half an hour to an hour to experience.
This is a small museum that is unfortunately over looked . They have an incredible collection, though small they are very picky about what they have. There are several interactive exhibits. showcasing what life was like for slaves. My children really did not understand the true horrors of slave life until we went through it. It is only a few blocks from the market. It will only take an hour or so to go through it but it is well worth the time.
Mostly pictures and reading, and the reason you don't see photos of the interior is that they're not allowed, but still worth a visit. This was one of many locations in Charleston where slaves were marketed in the years following the outlawing of the international trade.
A stop here will drive home what a vile practice this was.
Love love this place! This is a must when rolling through Charleston!!
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Old Slave Mart Museum
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