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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
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Very small..DYI....but informative

This Museum is just a small amount of original space of the building used to sell and house slaves, but it does give you a good feel for what they went through. Most interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Alan K
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Atlanta, Georgia
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albuquerque
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A quaint display about a very heavy period of history. The whole museum did not give one a sense of what it ment to be ripped from Africa stacked on slave ships cleaned and put on an auction block. Very few artifacts way too many words.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss a chance to learn more about slavery both in Charleston and the rest of the Americas. Exhibits include artifacts, audio, artwork and written pieces. Joe McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project provides a moving and knowledgeable introduction. A self-paced tour in the original building where enslaved Africans were sold.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of my most anticipated tours. It was not their fault, but there really was very few artifacts or exhibits of the slave sales activity.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Museum is just a small amount of original space of the building used to sell and house slaves, but it does give you a good feel for what they went through. Most interesting was the fact that only 5% of Africans taken out of Africa came to the US. I had thought the US was bigger part of the... More 

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our adult son selected this as a place to visit, and we are so glad we did. It provided the history of the slave trade in Charleston and throughout the country. The exhibits were moving and very sad. Allow around an hour to go through everything thoroughly.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best museums I have visited. The information is factual and gives the visitor a real sense of the process when buying and trading slaves in the era it took place. Very moving visit...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As others have mentioned, this is a small museum, but well worth a visit. The thing that impacted me most was the woman at the front desk. She wasn't going to let me get away with buying a ticket and walking away. She had her own stories to tell and forced us to think about the painful history of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No matter what you think, this museum gives you more information than you probably want but is by far one of the best depictions of the slave markets of the time. Very Warm with little air ventilation, stairs and tight spaces. One hour would be sufficient.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is small, but packed with information. The topic of human slavery is painful, but an important part of history, not just the United States, but also for central and South America. The displays in the museum present the information objectively and highlight the historical importance of the building. It was good to see that Charleston recognizes its significant... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Old Slave Mart does an excellent job in this tiny building with its modest story-telling resources of telling the horror story of Charleston 's role in the US slave trade. Walk around the historic district and see the memorials to slain Confederate soldiers honored for their part in what they still call "The War Between the States," and ask,... More 

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