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“A great history lesson in a small space”

Old Slave Mart Museum
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Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour
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Lawrenceville, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A great history lesson in a small space”
Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

This is a worthwhile visit in a city with many options. It is a great lesson for children of all backgrounds on an important phase of our nation's history. Not to be missed.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Very crowded”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

A nice place to look around at various crafts, gifts, etc. Did not really buy anything though. Nice public restrooms also.

Visited April 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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“Difficult part of history :-(”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

The Old Slave Mart Museum at 6 Chalmers Street (843/958-6467) between Meeting and Bay streets is a difficult part of history. Recorded information recounts Charleston’s role in the slave trade by focusing on the history of this building and site, and reminds me Holocaust museums in Europe. It’s recommended not to take children, as there may be too much explaining to do. What isn’t explained is that people in New England and Europe demanded crops and goods at prices that would not permit plantation owners to hire colonists, much as we now buy goods manufactured by impoverished people in other countries. Who’s willing to pay $2,000 for an iPhone made by union-scale labor in America? Still, nothing excuses this dark part of history. The only redeeming thoughts are contributions made by the African American community, and that we have voted twice for a black president.

Visited March 2013
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North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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“Judging a book by its cover”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The old adage about not judging a book by its cover, unfortunately fits the Old Slave Mart Museum. As much as I love giving high ratings to historical sites, I can't give this museum the same boost. I agree with other reviewers that this was a wasted opportunity on the part of the museum planners. The building has such a powerful persona and history but inside you will find very little to support the drama of its past. Most of the wall space is devoted to reading placards, and there's nothing new on them you can't find by reading good internet sites. I was disappointed not to find the actual auction yard as part of the museum - evidently it is part of a commercial site next door. You'll learn more about slavery at the Charleston Museum. Take my advice and get a good photo of the exterior of this building but skip the inside.

Visited April 2013
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“Powerful message”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

I agree with another reviewer who noted it was a lot of reading but also a lot of info. When seeing the beauty of Charleston, its houses, and neighboring plantations it is important to remember they were built on slave labor. It is also disturbing to see the large number of poor black neighborhoods outside of the historic area today.

Visited March 2013
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