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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
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I learned a lot about the slave trade. I knew it was horrific but learned it was much mor so than I ever imagined. Definitely a must go see if in Charleston.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Old Slave Mart Museum is fairly small, 2 stories, but filled with information about the Africans journey to America. One of the striking illustrations detailed how these poor people were packed into a slave ship. Also, they had records of the auction prices and details of the person. It was a sad, but important experience, and I highly recommend... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I learned a lot about the slave trade. I knew it was horrific but learned it was much mor so than I ever imagined. Definitely a must go see if in Charleston.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Old Slave Mart Museum is in the exact spot of the slave mart. The docents were very helpful and willing to answer any questions. It especially told the story of the domestic slave trade. The emphasis here was on the human lives that were judged to be worth only what their bodies were capable of doing to raise the most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As part of a short visit to Charleston, my husband and I stopped in to this museum after hearing about it from a tour guide. Only $8 for adults, it was an informative museum with actual artifacts and recorded accounts of former slaves. Would highly recommend, for families or adults.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very worthwhile visit. Spending time in both Charleston and Savannah on vacation with my friends sparked some interesting discussions among us about the way that cities, and countries, acknowledge the shameful parts of their histories. Being Canadian, I had the opportunity to think about my country's treatment of its indigenous peoples - we are only just now... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I found the Old Slave Mart Museum to be an extremely worthwhile stop while in Charleston. We found the presentations to be informative and well done. I'm not sure what the criticisms of the "lack of artifacts" are driving at. No, the slaves didn't have or take time to accumulate stuff; that's not how slavery worked. If... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum could be so much more--in terms of content and artifacts. The museum is two approximately 15' x 25' rooms -- one above the other, so it's rather small. Both rooms have graphics with substantial text and prints of images. One could garner the same information by reading Wikipedia. There is little feeling of being on the site of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am very glad I made this a stop in Charleston. The mart has an intact street front, but the rest of the buildings of the mart were torn down years ago, which is a shame. The interior doesn't have as many artifacts or items to look at as I would have thought, but the media in the museum is... More 

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Sweeny, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was somewhat disappointed with the Old Slave Mart Museum. It's very small and almost all the visuals are story boards. While it did mention the harsh treatment of slaves and had exhibits of leg irons and manacles, the displays didn't evoke the emotions I expected. We are walking thru a building where human beings were sold as property, families... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibit (which is titled the "American Triumph over Slavery") is one extended minimization of Charleston's central role in the American slave trade. For that reason, I don't recommend bringing students here on class trips, or going here yourself, if you are interested in learning about slavery in Charleston. The exhibit claims that depictions of slavery as "brutal" were not... More 

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