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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St., Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-958-6467
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Poignant look at a part of history that shouldn't be ignored

The Old Slave Mart Museum tour starts with a brief history of the area and the building in which you are standing. It is a sad and solemn experience being in the actual spot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Hamilton, Canada
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Hamilton, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Old Slave Mart Museum tour starts with a brief history of the area and the building in which you are standing. It is a sad and solemn experience being in the actual spot where people were historically, bought and sold. The museum consists of a lot of archived material mounted on large boards on the walls to read, several... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My husband and I arrived at the Slave Mart Museum around an hour before the final doors closed. The lady at the desk, Christina, checked us in and began to give us a little background into the history of the mart and just exactly what the museum was going to present. She was wonderful and knowledgeable about the history of... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is a REAL Slave Mart. You stand exactly where the slaves stood during the time of slavery as they were bought and sold. It is not an expensive but well worth any price of admissions. It was very poignant and brings a tear to the eye. But it is part of our history and something we need to remember.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

For a small fee, you get to experience the place where slaves were sold. You cannot take pictures inside but there are a lot of facts about the slave trade in Charleston. It is a lot of reading, but they also have a few artifacts. It is well worth a visit to this museum.

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Berkeley, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Due to some of the poor reviews of this museum, I almost skipped it. I'm glad I didn't. Although small, it made a lasting impression on me. Charleston should do more to credit the rich contributions made by slaves to its history, economy and culture than this one very small but brave little museum.

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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This small, two story building packs a powerful punch. Docents are knowledgeable and eager to share the story of the slave trade - did you know that of the 12 million Africans shipped overseas, seven [7] percent ended up in North America? The vast majority went to Brazil, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. The US Congress outlawed international slave imports in... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

....and here it is told well. Anyone who visits Charleston should understand the role that enslaved Africans played in this city's history. Lives were inextricably intertwined and still are today. Kudos to city fathers who conserved this grim piece of history, shameful as it is. The exhibits were well very well done. Word to the claustrophobic....crowds made this an uncomfortably... More 

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

You can save a few bucks by buying a combined ticket with the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, just a couple blocks away. The Slave Mart is certainly an historical site, and worth visiting for that reason alone, but there isn't much to see here. It's essentially a one-room museum. It features some nice displays that attempt to convey what... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We wanted to expand our cultural horizons while visiting Charleston, a city known as a major slave importing location, so we decided to visit the Old Slave Mart Museum. As we entered, Christine one of the staff, tried to impress us with all her knowledge. Regardless of what we tried say, she corrected us and expanded into non-relevant dialogue. Inspite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Don't miss this small gem social history museum. So much in Charleston minimizes slave history; this small place deserves a medal for attempting to balance the history and remind us all of who really made Charleston wealthy.

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