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Old Slave Mart Museum [SC]

The Old Slave Mart, located on one of Charleston's few remaining cobblestone streets, is the only known extant building used as a slave auction gallery in South Carolina. Once part of a complex of buildings, the Slave Mart building is the only structure to remain. When it was first constructed in 1859, it has gone through numerous renovations and today serves as a museum, with a permanent exhibition divided into two main areas. In the orientation area, visitors receive an introduction to the domestic slave trade within the greater historical context of slavery in the United States as well an overview of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In the main exhibit area visitors will also get a closer look at the daily process of slave sales at Ryan's Mart from the perspectives of a number of its historically documented buyers, traders, and enslaved African Americans. This section explains this antebellum slave market's role within Charleston's larger, but concentrated, slave-trading district.

The museum offers exhibits.

 
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