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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401-3005
Phone Number: 843-958-6467
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Slavery 101 - Must See Museum to Fully Understand the Beauty that is Charleston, S.C.

The museum is located in the historic Charleston district a few blocks in from the water, not far from the city market. It is located in a small building that was an actual "Slave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is located in the historic Charleston district a few blocks in from the water, not far from the city market. It is located in a small building that was an actual "Slave Mart". The entire exhibilt is two floors and probably not more than 2,000 square feet. You can devote as little as a half hour or as... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went because of the great potential the location had for such a deep history. Mind you, we wanted to not only learn about the history, but to see the building. Since you couldn't see anything but the signage they posted to write about the story, it was like reading a book about the place, while at the place, but... More 

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Lockesburg, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take money! You will want to shop. This place has loads of local crafters and ideas for great things for the home and to wear. Lots of places to eat nearby that were excellent. Could of spent days there but only had a few hours. A wonderful reason to go back to Charleston SC

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I enjoyed this look back at a shameful time in our Country's history. The museum is well designed and the time spent was well worthwhile. The cool visit was a blessing on a very hot day.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I feel a little strange reviewing a place that I did not enter, but as far as a historical place just like any you may visit and see from the outside like a historical marker, I think The Old Slave Mart Museum is worth the viewing. I heard that the inside is nothing special, even from our independent tour guide,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is hard to describe the feelings we had while visiting this important historic place. First, it is interesting to note that while a beautiful part of town, historic Charleston is fairly "scrubbed" of a key part of its past - slavery. While the old luxurious life of the Old South is widely celebrated there, the institution that funded it... More 

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Meridianville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stood there and my mind took me to what it must have looked and sounded like when slaves were brought here to be bought/sold. It was moving. You can't go in or at least on our tour we didn't.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You will learn a lot. This museum provide a balance to other presentations the show the glory of Charleston. Small museum with a lot of reading, but if you have the desire to learn, you will come away with a great deal of knowledge about the slave mart, the treatment of slaves and slave auctions. I would not recommend for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I toured the Slave Market last week. The museum has mainly a walk and read display presentation with minimal interactive exhibits, but that doesn't diminish the powerful information conveyed to the conditions and economics of the times. The displays cover the essential elements of the trade, the conditions endured, and the impact on human lives.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small facility. We had a great introduction from one of the workers who was clear and to the point. It is a sobering visit that hints at or describes the involvement of people of power throughout the world (including members of Parliament in Britain and African tribal leaders) that benefited financially from the Slave Trade. Quite disturbing... More 

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